A 12,000-square-foot piece of art has transformed the south end of the Eskenazi Health campus.
The one-of-a-kind work of art is both the largest sculptural art piece in Indianapolis as well as the newest art installation to adorn the city.
As one of 19 artists commissioned to create original works for the new Eskenazi Health campus, Rob Ley used a truly unique landscape for his original piece — the south façade of the newly built Eskenazi Health Parking Garage.
The piece, titled “May/September,” relies on about 6,500 multi-colored, metal “leaves” that offer pedestrians and other onlookers a unique visual experience, depending on their vantage point and the pace at which they move throughout the site.
“In this way, pedestrians and slow-moving vehicles within close proximity to the hospital will experience a noticeable shift in color and transparency as they move across the hospital grounds, while motorists driving along Michigan Street will experience a faster, gradient color shift, which changes on their direction of travel,” said Ley. “The effect is then only heightened by the direction and intensity of sunlight on the metal leaves both throughout the day and during the different seasons.”
The color selection for the metal leaves was both intentional and thoughtful. With one side gold and the other indigo, the color of the metal leaves drew inspiration from T.C. Steele’s “Four Seasons,” part of the original art program that was installed at Indianapolis City Hospital 100 years ago. Meant to represent the changing of Indiana’s distinct seasons, the colors were also chosen to remain visible and vibrant throughout the year, even on the most snowy, overcast or rainy of days.
“When we were planning the Eskenazi Health campus, we knew we would need a substantial parking garage, but we also knew that parking garages do not typically contribute to a visually enjoyable and vibrant landscape,” said Matthew Gutwein, president and chief executive officer of Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. “Our answer was to use the garage as a canvas for an art installation that would further change the landscape of not only our new campus, but also our neighborhood and our entire city. As ‘May/September’ nears completion, it serves as a testament to the power of design, that even a parking garage can both functionally and aesthetically respond to a need and create something inspiring and beautiful.”