Visitors to Super Bowl XXXXVI in Indianapolis will be greeted by 46 new murals commissioned for the occasion. The Arts Council of Indianapolis gave 35 artists free rein to create the murals of their choice in time for February‘s game.
About three-quarters of the murals will be installed downtown, but works are already in place along East 10th street, and others will grace Irvington, Broad Ripple, and Eagle Creek Park. Crews set aside six hours Friday to put up Indianapolis graphic artist Artur Silva‘s mural on the overpass linking the Greyhound terminal to Union Station.
Silva took inspiration from the location and created a 160-foot transportation-themed mural, with planes, trains, automobiles, and himself, dressed as an astronaut. He says he took his inspiration from the mural‘s location.
“It was just a natural progression to talk about transportation, from submarines to spaceships and trains, so the work explores the idea of exploration,” he says.
Arts Council President Dave Lawrence says a selection committee reviewed the past work of about 150 applicants to pick the 35 artists.
“Mural-making is a very specific type of visual art,” he says. “Not all artists can work at scale. This Artur Silva mural is a perfect example of just how big some of these are. So to be able to transfer their ideas and their artwork that big is a specialized skill.”
Their work is scheduled to remain in place for about 10 years. At that point, the council will commission new ones. Plans to leave them in place for 10 years and then commission new ones. About half the artists creating the murals are from central Indiana.