Carmel to install 4 sculptures inspired by classic cars in 96th Street roundabouts • Current Publishing


The city of Carmel plans to install four sculptures in the roundabouts of 96th Street that pay homage to automobiles designed and built in Indiana in the first half of the 20th century.

On December 15, the Carmel Redevelopment Commission approved a contract with artist Arlon Bayliss to supply the sculptures in the Priority Way, Delegates Row, Gray Road and Hazel Dell Parkway roundabouts. The city will spend $ 2.5 million on the sculptures, with funds coming from TIF bonds approved by city council.

“After looking at many other concepts for four 96th Street roundabouts, it was decided that the classic Indiana cars were a really solid concept,” Bayliss told CRC. “This will allow us to do work that will be relevant, not just now, but 50 years from now, the kind of work that people would appreciate. “

96th Street borders Indianapolis across the southern border from Carmel. Many of the city’s car dealerships can be found along the corridor east of Keystone Parkway, where the sculptures, which inspired the theme, will be placed. CRC Director Henry Mestetsky told commissioners Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard wanted to make sure dealerships stay in Carmel rather than move north, as many Indianapolis-based dealers have. made with new developments.

“We want to lock (the dealers) in place. We want this to be the first place to buy a vehicle in the state, ”Mestetsky said. “The mayor’s thought always has an economic development component behind it, and that’s huge for this place. “

The sculptures are expected to be installed in 2022 and 2023.

Bayliss created three other sculptures in the Carmel roundabouts: Beacon Bloom at 96th Street and Westfield Road; Grace, Love and Joy on N. Pennsylvania and Old Meridian Streets; and Homage to Hoagy on 3rd Ave. SW and City Center Drive.

The following provides details on each sculpture.

A sculpture inspired by the Marmon cars is placed for 96th Street and Priority Way. (Image courtesy of the City of Carmel)

Priority route: Marmon

The sculpture set for 96th Street and Priority Way is inspired by Marmon, who built the Marmon Wasp, the car that won the first Indianapolis 500 race in 1911. Bayliss’ sculpture shows a black and yellow car – the same colors as the first Winner of the Indy 500 – tilted forward with its front wheels rising from the ground to symbolize speed. The base will be finished in limestone and Indiana brick, representing the Brickyard trail.

The sculpture and base will be 25 feet long and over 12 feet high and will be illuminated at night.

A sculpture inspired by Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg cars is installed for 96th Street and Delegates Way. (Image courtesy of the City of Carmel)

A sculpture inspired by the Studebaker cars is placed for 96th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway. (Image courtesy of the City of Carmel)

Delegates path: Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg

Standing at 32 feet, the planned 96th Street and Delegates Way sculpture will feature silhouettes of well-known Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg designs on curved stems tapering to a success star full of gears, pistons and wheels. It will be illuminated at night by LED spotlights, with the top featuring multi-colored twinkling dichroic lighting similar to that used in Beacon Bloom.

Hazel Dell Parkway: Studebaker

The tallest of the four sculptures will honor Studebaker and be placed at 96th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway. Three shapes ranging from 18 to 36 feet tall tap into the sky, inspired by the badge and logo of the Studebaker Lazy S car.

A sculpture inspired by the Stutz cars is placed for 96th Street and Gray Road. (Image courtesy of the City of Carmel)

Gray road: Stutz

The 96th Street and Gray Road sculpture is inspired by Stutz ‘Ra’ Art Deco hood ornament, only this one will be 16 feet tall and set on a 5 foot Indiana limestone base. feet. The sculpture will be constructed with vertical slices that allow light to pass through and display interior lighting at night.


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