Bloomington City Hall/B-Line Trail, Bloomington, IN
The City of Bloomington is known for its wealth of the arts and a feast for the senses. It is known for music for performing arts for visual arts for the landscape for cultural and intellectual diversity for restaurants and as a host of community festivals. Besides basketball the aforementioned cultural activities draw people from all across the globe. In short, Bloomington is well known as a destination that feeds the soul. This sculpture is intended to make reference to this basic human need and one that Bloomington uniquely provides.
It is apparent that there is a degree of whimsy and humor employed in the imagery presented here. The image of the Bloomington courthouse dome has been inverted to become a bowl. From that bowl emanates a steam upon which brews the courthouse fish. I consider both the courthouse dome and Mr. Seward’s fish as primary icons of Bloomington. As literal as this may be, the people that love the Bloomington community are the ones that partake of its cultural stew. The whimsy is intended but, it also hopes to speak of larger things
The image of a table and chairs is a reference to the origins of the site which was the location of the Showers furniture factory. It is also a reference to the diversity of Bloomington. The dinner table is known as the peaceful meeting place for all cultures. It is where we all take sustenance and exchange experience. A significant part of Bloomington is its cultural mix which comes to the forefront in the multicultural arts and foods available in the community.