Art Spaces Inc.-Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection will dedicate its newest addition, Lauren Ewing’s “Composite House for Terre Haute,” at 4 p.m. Monday in Gilbert Park.

The sculpture was inspired by an architectural design that frequently occurs in homes throughout Terre Haute’s older neighborhoods.

Ewing’s idea for the piece grew out of her interest in architectural typology and the work of Robert Bastian (professor emeritus, Indiana State University).

“Composite House for Terre Haute” is made entirely of solid Indiana limestone.

Gilbert Park is a particularly appropriate choice for this new sculpture because it is adjacent to many homes (south of the park) that use this design.

In addition, the park fronts one of Indiana’s most significant historic roads, U.S. 40.

Ewing, originally from Vincennes, attended ISU, where she studied art history and sculpture and received a master’s degree in 1971.

She received a master’s in fine arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Currently, Ewing divides her time between New York City, where she has lived for many years, and her newly built studio in Vincennes.

A nationally known artist, and professor of art at Rutgers University, she is excited about giving something back to a city where she learned a great deal about art and cultural geography, a subject that has significantly influenced her work for many years.

Art Spaces is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to establish a collection of public outdoor sculpture in Terre Haute and the surrounding region of the Wabash Valley.

This is accomplished through collaboration with the City of Terre Haute, area arts organizations, foundations, corporations, businesses and individuals.

“Composite House for Terre Haute” has been made possible through the generosity of Wabash Valley Community Foundation, City of Terre Haute, and with support from Arts Illiana; the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, as well as support from numerous businesses and individuals.

By bringing this sculpture to Terre Haute, our community has shown a strong dedication not only to the arts but also to the important part they play in the vibrant life of our city.

The dedication is free and open to the public.

For more information on the dedication, or this project, call the Art Spaces office at (812) 244-4216 or e-mail info@wabashvalleyart

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