Big Car’s Spark Takes Over Monument Circle
Visitors to Monument Circle can now enjoy more places to relax, play games, exercise, socialize and participate in creative programming through an artist-led initiative called Spark: Monument Circle. This partnership between the city of Indianapolis, Big Car and Downtown Indy runs daily through October 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hospitality staff facilitates programming as visitors enjoy bistro-style seats on custom-built wooden decks, interactive art, music, history experiences, yoga, guided walks, talks and other play experiences for all ages. All activities are free, easily accessible and designed to make the civic plaza a more vibrant place. This project was made possible by a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional funding from the Central Indiana Community Foundation and the city of Indianapolis.
Throughout the process, the Spark team is testing and considering ideas and plans for Monument Circle’s longterm. Downtown stakeholders are working together to analyze possibilities, including wider sidewalks, improved lighting, a sound system, public restrooms and a cafe zone, along with rehabilitation of the underground storm water and electrical utilities.
There’ll be a themed parade around the Circle every Saturday; low-key live music on Fridays; creation of a motorbike sound machine; artist displays; guided walks each Wednesday evening; academic experts available for conversation each Tuesday; historical characters engaging with each other and the public; yoga every Monday; food trucks; foam playground pieces for kids; and ping pong tables and board games for free play.