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Thursday, May 30 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
(Architecture) Lights, Color, Action! : The Restoration of “Color Fuses” in Downtown Indianapolis

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One of the largest murals in the United States is located in downtown Indianapolis. Conceived in 1975 by renowned artist and graphic designer Milton Glaser (I ♥ NY, logos for D.C. Comics, Brooklyn Brewery, and much more), the 27’ x 672’ artwork titled Color Fuses features graduating bands of vibrant color and a kinetic lighting element. Despite its scale, originality, and the prestige of its creator, the piece was virtually unknown for much of the past 37 years. The lighting program originally called for never materialized and a lack of treatment and attention resulted in a surface marred by fading and weathering.

An extensive restoration project undertaken by the U.S. General Services Administration in 2012 returned the surface to its original brilliance and, for the first time, established the lighting sequence that the artist intended.

Years of research and collaboration amongst a diverse team of professionals that included architects, conservators, painters, lighting designers, GSA Fine Arts staff and the artist were required to complete the project. The restored piece features a mix of familiar and cutting edge technologies which allow for unique viewing experiences during both day and evening hours throughout the year.

Created for the iconic Minton-­‐Capehart Federal Building and located along Indianapolis’s storied American Legion Mall, Color Fuses can now be fully appreciated as an important cultural destination for residents and visitors alike.

GSA Fine Arts Specialist Caroline Sachay will present a review of the project, locating it within the context of GSA’s Art Program. Special attention will be paid to the original collaboration between Milton Glaser and architect Evans Woollen, the challenges faced by the restoration team, and the impact of the project on the building and surrounding urban landscape.


Caroline Sachay

Regional Fine Arts Officer, U.S. General Services Administration

Thursday May 30, 2013 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
JW Marriott 103-104 19 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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