Walking Man Sculptures now a staple in Boone County

Zionsville Mayor Tim Haak and Director of Communications Amanda Dorman with one of the five Walking Man sculptures. (Submitted photo)

Zionsville Mayor Tim Haak and Director of Communications Amanda Dorman with one of the five Walking Man sculptures. (Submitted photo)

By Anna Skinner

The Boone County Community Foundation has decided to use a $6,000 Community Arts Endowment Grant to purchase five “Walking Man” sculptures to be placed in Zionsville, Whitestown, Lebanon and Jamestown.

“We originally heard about these sculptures from a long-term donor who had purchased one from an auction, and he gifted it to Lions Park in Thorntown,” Boone County Community Foundation President Kristi Reynolds said. “So, if you go to Thorntown, you see a giant, 10-foot, 1,200-pound sculpture decorated for the Turning of the Leaves Festival. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and we were thinking about what we could do to bring our community together through art.”

The foundation purchased the five sculptures for $10,000, with the cost not covered by the grant coming from its Community Impact Fund. Each community is able to decide where to place its sculpture and how to decorate it.

Zionsville is planning on installing its Walking Man sculpture at the new town hall to be completed next fall.

“We are kind of on hold until early next year, and we will start to brainstorm what we want to do with it – whether we will be reaching out to students or a local artist,” said Amanda Dorman, Zionsville director of communications. “We are not setting anything in stone until next year.”

Whitestown plans to do something a little different. Instead of painting the sculpture, the town hopes to work with a local graphic designer to “wrap” the sculpture in prints designed to highlight Whitestown’s past and future. The town plans on placing the sculpture at Legacy Core, which will be the trailhead for the new Big 4 trail.

“This is just our hope at the moment,” Assistant Town Manager Tanya Sumner said. “We thought it would make ours a little different. It would also showcase one of our Legacy Core businesses, so we thought that would be neat.”

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