Monument Circle, with the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument as its centerpiece, is already an extraordinary place. It ranks among the world’s most unique, spectacular and treasured public spaces. The Monument Circle Ideas Competition was conducted to generate bold thought and creativity in how we, as a community, maximize the future use of the Circle. The Competition attracted 64 entries from Indianapolis and around the world and advanced hundreds of conversations and ideas to make tomorrow’s Circle an even more active, engaging and inviting destination year-round.
The six-judge panel completed their review in May and awarded the top three winners June 15. First Prize ($5,000) was awarded to the entry entitled “From Inertia to Inner Circle” submitted by Jean-Baptiste Cueille and Francois David of Paris, France. Their entry set a standard with the use of grass, trees and water alongside outdoor cafes and comfortable seating. When is a circle not a circle? This idea would “liberate” the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument from its inner ring, creating a cross shape that forges new links between the center and new water features, lawns and greenspaces, terraces and a pavilion for dining, shopping, and other activities.
People’s Choice June 15 – 26
The top 12 entries, including the Judges’ Choice awards, are now displayed on Monument Circle through June 26, 2011. The public is invited to view the exhibit and text to vote for their favorite entry.
Images Courtesy of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.