Super-Sizing Terre Haute's Coke Bottle Heritage

Posted: Updated:
(Image of Root family-sponsored fiberglass Coke bottle courtesy of the Root Family Art Project.) (Image of Root family-sponsored fiberglass Coke bottle courtesy of the Root Family Art Project.)
TERRE HAUTE -

An initiative designed to highlight Terre Haute as the birthplace of one of the most recognizable product packages in the world makes its debut Thursday afternoon. The Root Family Public Art Project involves 27 six-foot-tall fiberglass Coca-Cola bottles that have been decorated by artists from the Wabash Valley. The now iconic Coke bottle shape was the winning design submitted by the Root Glass Co. of Terre Haute in 1915 for a nationwide competition put together by the soft drink maker.

The Root family has contributed $10,000 as presenting sponsor of the art project. Teresa Exline, a volunteer who is leading the initiative's branding, says the art project is part of larger efforts. "We want to make Terre Haute a destination and instill a sense of community pride," she said. "This will be an exciting year for our efforts. The community will be dotted with six-foot tall reminders of the Coke bottle's origin in Terre Haute, a huge mural will be painted on the side of the forthcoming Vigo County History Center at 929 Wabash thanks to Coca-Cola Consolidated, and a Birthplace of the Coca-Cola Bottle Festival will take place in downtown Terre Haute this fall thanks to the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Terre Haute."

The Vigo County Historical Society says a welcome sign is slated to be installed this year making the connection between Terre Haute and the Coke bottle design and the county's visitor center renovations could also be complete this year. The center will include an exhibit about the Root-designed bottle.

Thursday's preview party will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Mace Building at 658 Walnut Street in Terre Haute. Admission is $5.

  • Perspectives

    • Hope is Not a Plan

      This is sobering. A local business broker in Indianapolis reports nine out of 10 business owners who want to sell are turned away. Of the one in 10 that does make it past the first analysis to sell, over half of those company owners don’t get the sale price they hope for or believe the business is worth. Bottom line, hope is not a plan if you want to sell your business.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Brooke's Candy Refocuses, Will Close Terre Haute Shop

      Dana-based Brooke's Candy Co. says it will close its downtown Terre Haute retail shop June 1. The location opened less than two years ago and is the company's second storefront. In a message on Facebook, Brooke's Candy Co. says the decision will allow it to focus on the Brooke's Naturals line, which includes cookie, brownie, cake and bread mixes. The company calls it a tough decision, saying...

    • Angela Smith Grossman

      DCS Appoints Assistant Deputy Director

      The Indiana Department of Child Services has promoted Angela Smith Grossman to assistant deputy director of field operations, a new position that will focus on enhancing the agency’s foster and collaborative care programs. She has been with DCS for more than 27 years. During her tenure with DCS, Smith Grossman served as a regional manager, local office director and family case manager supervisor.  

    • (photo courtesy of Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Home)

      Chateau Thomas Winery Owner Dies

      The owner and president of Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield has died. Charles Thomas, a longtime OB-GYN who practiced for more than 30 years, founded the winery in 1984 along with his wife, Jill. He was 86.

    • Picture Courtesy: Indianapolis Airport Authority

      Indy Airport Among 'World's Best Domestic Airports'

      Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Indianapolis International Airport one of readers' favorite domestic airports in the world. The airport landed the second spot on the magazine’s 2019 World’s Best Awards. .

    • (Provided Photo/Indianapolis Zoo)

      Top Nature Group to Locate Global Center in Indianapolis

      Indianapolis Zoo President Dr. Rob Shumaker has signed an agreement with the world’s largest and most important environmental conservation organization to locate a first of its kind global center in Indianapolis. The agreement with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature creates the first Global Center for Species Survival, which will support an estimated 9,000 experts and scientists around the world and make Indianapolis a hub for...