TAKE AN ART AMBLE

INDIANAPOLIS

  • Contemplate art steps from your suite
  • Make an offer on original works
  • Head out on a public art neighborhood stroll




It’s hard to argue with Indy’s art cred if you know where to look—starting with the lobby of the Conrad Indianapolis. The on-site collection, curated by the Long-Sharp Gallery, includes contemporary works (all for sale) such as the pop art Chanel logo bubbling behind a layer of clear eyeglass lenses by David Datuna. Any of the Conrad Art Ambassadors (they’re the staff members wearing a paint-palette lapel pin) can field questions about the art on display. Next up: take the short stroll to the recently restored 1970’s mural, “Color Fuses” by Milton Glaser wrapped around the Minton-Capehart Federal Building. Instagram to your heart’s content, then pass along several blocks of manicured green spaces and war memorials before landing at the Central Library to admire Thinmanlittlebird by California sculptor Peter Shelton, an alien-esque stick figure towering above the roofline. Finally, make the seven-block stroll back toward the hotel, passing by the swaying LED woman known as Ann Dancing by British artist Julian Opie, and stop to snap another shot (for Facebook this time?) of the 40-foot-tall Kurt Vonnegut mural by artist Pamela Bliss.













This two-mile route, north of the hotel on Pennsylvania and Alabama streets, is easily covered on foot.

LONG-SHARP GALLERY: Inside the Conrad, 50 W. Washington St.; 866-370-1601; longsharpgallery.com; hours fluctuate, so check the website or call the Conrad’s front desk

MINTON-CAPEHART FEDERAL BUILDING: 575 N. Pennsylvania St.

CENTRAL LIBRARY: 40 E. St. Clair St.; 317-275-4100; indypl.org