Project Description

William E. ArnoldAmerican Bison, is a public sculpture located in Indianapolis, Indiana within White River State Park, by American wire sculptor William E. Arnold

The sculpture is a life-sized male bison constructed of barbed wire, densely coiled and woven. The figure is facing north and stands on a rough limestone block base. It is located on the west end of the Washington Street Bridge at the entrance to the Indianapolis Zoo.

American Bison was originally created in 1989 and installed outside Indiana National Bank (INB) in the 100 North block of Pennsylvania Street, One Indiana Square, in downtown Indianapolis. The sculpture served as INB Financial Corporation’s mascot. In 1993, the bison was relocated to the Indianapolis Zoo after Detroit-based NBD Bancorp acquired Indiana National Bank.

From Celebration Plaza green space, stroll West across the Historic Old Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge to arrive at Bison Plaza — just before the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens large iron gates.  Tucked into the seasonal foliage is a magnificent metal bison art statue.