Art In The Park

White River State Park is home to a variety of permanent public art pieces – all of which have fantastic stories to share and add their own special touch to the park.

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Rinaldo Paluzzi, American – Spanish

Fabricated by Mitchum-Schaefer, Inc. of Indianapolis and donated to the White River State Park on November 9, 1982. Totem is a 32 x 5 x 5 foot sculpture located in Celebration Plaza, White River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana.


Nathan Pierce – Cape Girardeau, MO

“Intergalactic” seamlessly merges the raw strength of stainless steel with the ethereal transparency of cast acrylic. This fusion captures the essence of intergalactic communication, where rigid boundaries dissolve and connections transcend physical limitations. The interplay between solid and translucent elements symbolizes the fluid exchange of information between distant realms, inviting viewers to contemplate the universal language that unites us across the cosmos.

Prime Commonality

Luke Crawley & Quincy Owens – Indianapolis, IN

The ancestral commonality between humans and chimpanzees is undeniable, with dramatic evidence exhibited in our chromosomal similarities.  Prime Commonality is visually inspired by the high degree of correlation as shown in human and chimpanzee chromosomal banding patterns.

Linear V

Jarrett K. Hawkins – Deer Park, OH

Linear V is based on natural process—natural mechanics of human vision as demonstrated through line and pattern, figure and ground. This artistic approach simulates processes in the larger natural world, such as the shapes created by erosion or the meandering of a river.


Don Lawler – Louisville, KY

“Harmony” is a symbolic reminder for us to find a balance with the world that we inhabit.  The cubic forms represent the Cities of Man; they are fused together because we depend on each other… for everything.

Don’t Forget Us

Nathan Pierce – Cape Girardeau, MO

In this modern world, where we constantly feel more connected through advancements in technology.  I believe that we are simultaneously disconnected as a result of these devices.  By using public art as a vehicle for expressing contemporary issues concerning communication I see the concept for my work becoming more relevant every day.

American Bison

William E. Arnold – Wilkison, IN

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.


Raymond Katz

The manipulation of form in space to create visual balance, using rhythm, action and movement, combine to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in my work, and expressed in my current installation “Hurricane.”

Yellow Butterfly

James Havens — Woodville, Ohio

Yellow Butterfly exudes simplicity. James Havens creates his work with the artistic philosophy that “less is more.”  Inspired by nature, Havens designed this sculpture to stand alone with minimal explanation, as he intends for all his pieces.  Havens attended Lincoln Welding School in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is a certified plate and pipe welder.  He currently serves as an artistic welding instructor at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio.  Havens also owns and operates Havens Studio and The Rose Bronze Foundry.

Sky Waltz

John Mishler — Goshen, Indiana

Originally Sky Waltz was part of the Sculpture in Park exhibitions.  At the conclusion of its program, the Park added the piece to its permanent collection of sculptures.  The linear shapes of the piece suggest the jet engine trails that are often seen in the sky.  The artist’s sculpture is also kinetic as the top turns in the wind and passes through the stationary part of the piece.  The sculpture is made of textured welded aluminum, much of which has been recycled.  The round aluminum tubes were originally light poles.  Mishler, a nationally renowned sculptor, specializes in using common metals in creating his symbolic and abstract works of art.

Flora Metalica

Douglas M. Gruizenga — Interlochen, Michigan

The artist intends to welcome various interpretations of all viewers, bringing their experiences and understanding to the sculpture.  Through his work, he studies absolutes and variables of form, creating sculptures that are predominately based on utilitarian, man-made items, rather than objects of nature.  Gruizenga enjoys visiting his sculptures after a fresh snow to see footprints of viewers who’ve taken time to observe his work.  “Each person goes on about their life with an experience, good or bad, based on their understanding of the sculpture.”  Gruizenga’s a Western Michigan University graduate with a Master of Arts in Sculpture.


Terrence Karpowicz – Chicago, IL

Terrence Karpowicz originally created the piece titled “Finish” for Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Mich. Recently on exhibit at the Meijer Sculpture Garden and several locations in Chicago, “Finish” was inspired by the drive to achieve goals using every ounce of energy, wisdom, body and being. The piece is an especially appropriate complement to the many walks and runs that culminate in the Park.

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