Fishers District patrons will begin to see public art pop up around their favorite businesses and restaurants as developer Thompson Thrift announced the start of four outdoor mural installations within the mixed-use development.
Fishers District is on 116th Street and IKEA Way. The first mural was painted by NeKoda Witsken, a Fishers resident an HSE Schools graduate. The mural is at the Verizon Wireless store off IKEA Way and will measure 35 by 9 feet. It’s a bold, colorful design featuring the words “Thanks for Being Weird with Me.”
“I grew up in the HSE Schools system, and one main thing about the community that stuck with me is it helped me feel vibrant and spirited and be who I am and embrace eccentricities to come together and make this whole being an artist thing a reality,” Witsken said. “The flower is symbolic of growing through the process, and sunflowers follow the sun with their face, and it’s an entrepreneurial idea – to pivot to what’s happening around you, so I threw it all together in a wacky, technicolor mural.”
Each of the murals must represent the City of Fishers’ theme of being a smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial city.
Although the project began last year as Thompson Thrift Retail Group began working with Nickel Plate Arts and the Fishers Arts and Cultural Commission to select artists, the installation was pushed to 2020.
Future murals will feature artwork by Dan Toro, from Laramie, Wy., Megan Jefferson, Indianapolis and Travis Neal, Indianapolis.