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"Charting Pogue's Run" is the result of the city's inaugural Great Ideas Competition. Pogue's Run is a historic stream that once ran through downtown. The project involves marking the stream's historic path with a meandering blue line that will be laid across streets, sidewalks and parking lots that now cover the streambed.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

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"Charting Pogue's Run" is one of two public art projects being developed as a result of the city's inaugural Great Ideas Competition. Pogue's Run is a historic stream that once ran through downtown. The project involves marking the stream's historic path with a meandering blue line that will be laid across streets, sidewalks and parking lots that now cover the streambed.

In researching the project, Bloomington-based artist Sean Derry learned that in about 1920, an aqueduct was completed along a portion of Pogue's Run, and the water was diverted to its present location beneath the city. The project will use semi-permanent blue thermoplastic line and 30 permanent steel medallions to mark the path of the stream as it was depicted on maps dating from 1831.

A portion of the path is on what will soon be the construction site for the new downtown stadium. The artist and a small crew will install the blue line on that site, the parking lot on the southwest corner of Capitol Avenue and Merrill Street, today and tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"The purpose of this project is not just to illustrate the historic path of Pogue's Run but also to illuminate the transformation of our city over time and how that may change our sense of place. This is why the line is semi-permanent and will be worn away over time by the movement of residents and visitors through the city," said Mindy Taylor Ross, director of public art for the Arts Council of Indianapolis. "The impending development of the new dome provided the artist with a unique opportunity to demonstrate this concept. By laying the first section of the line on pavement that will be imploded very soon, he is illustrating that the transformation of our understanding of a place in our city sometimes happens very quickly."

Phase I of the project included a community clean up along the above-ground portions of Pogue's Run in May. Numerous volunteers joined the artist, Indy Parks, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission and the Arts Council of Indianapolis for the clean up.

The inaugural Public Art Great Ideas Competition is being managed by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and funded by the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission with support from Starbucks Coffee and the Efroymson Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

The competition supported the development of two site-specific public art proposals by artists in the state of Indiana. Indianapolis artist Patrick Craig Manning is developing the second project, called "Speak/Spoken."

Source: Arts Council of Indianapolis

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