INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Two artists submitted by Boody Fine Arts, Inc. were selected for major works of art within the new airport, John Van Alstine and Rob Fisher. Both works were installed and revealed at the grand opening of the Airport in fall of 2008.
Van Alstine's 40' freestanding sculpture, entitled Cardinalis, was created for the outdoor South Terminal Garden and incorporates a real airplane wing that is painted bright red. This red wing refers both to the state bird and to air travel, as well as pays homage to flight pioneers and Indiana native sons Orville and Wilbur Wright. Van Alstine's work has been exhibited widely in this country (including over 45 solo exhibitions) as well as in Europe and Japan. He has completed seven major large scale outdoor, site-specific commissions, including one at the 2008 Olympics held in China.
Rob Fisher's multi-part sculpture, entitled JetStream, is suspended above Civic Plaza. Fisher's work refers simultaneously to patterns made by migrating birds, traveling schools of fish, clouds, and a winding river as applied to air currents and the physical forms of air travel. JetStream is composed of one hundred twenty 10' sculptural forms made of perforated aluminum, powder coated a signature blue, and suspended with stainless steel aircraft cable. Stainless steel bead chains hanging from the sculptural forms indicate energy or lift. In his long and stellar career, Fisher placed many works of art and received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Fulbright program and won a Meritorious Design Award for his entry into the national Vietnam Veterans' Memorial competition in 1981.
Some Cardinalis photos are courtesy of M.J. Meneley with Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf in Indianapolis. BDMD developed the landscape design for the 500-acre landside portion of the Airport.