The Town of Zionsville has been proud to partner with the Zionsville Cultural District (ZCD) in adding public art. The ZCD is both the heart of the village district and the name of the organization that coordinates marketing initiatives for the community as a whole. The purpose of identifying a cultural district is to:
Promote Zionsville’s diverse art, culture, history, and community assets to residents, visitors and potential employers in order to enhance interest in Zionsville, increase tourism and stimulate economic development.
The ZCD works to coordinate artistic, history-based and cultural experiences within the community in order to improve the quality of life for its residents, strengthen local businesses and enrich experiences for visitors. ZCD has an active, working board of directors whose mission is to "To make art, culture and history accessible and obvious through support, promotion and coordination.
Zionsville Cultural District Public Art Projects
"Dahlia City" Traffic Control Box
Located at 106th Street and Zionsville Road
Local artist Cynthia Young painted the Dahlia-themed traffic control box. Young chose a dahlia theme to tie into the town’s historic connection to the flower and the box’s proximity to Dahlia Drive. In the 1920s, Zionsville was known as The Dahlia City due to two Zionsville nurseries that had dahlia gardens: the Tudor Gardens, located at what is now Fifth and Ash Streets and the Parkway Gardens, located where Eagle Elementary currently stands.
"Dahlia City" Traffic Control Box
In 2017, the Zionsville Cultural District announced the first Sidewalk Poetry Contest to promote the arts in Zionsville. Every year since then, adults and children have been invited to submit poems and a panel of judges decides on the winning entries. The winning poems are stamped onto sidewalks throughout Zionsville.
Located at the Zionsville Town Hall Outdoor Plaza, 1100 West Oak Street
The 10-foot-tall Walking Man steel sculpture was gifted to the Town in 2016 by the Community Foundation of Boone County. Local artist Cynthia Young created a design that ties into the sculpture’s proximity to the Big-4 Rail Trail. On the sculpture’s torso, an illustrated map directs trail users and Town Hall visitors to Zionsville’s 500+ acres of parks and trails. On the arms and legs, painted colorful wildflowers native to Indiana highlight the importance of landscaping with native plants. On the shoulder, Young added a life-size 3-dimensional Cardinal, the Indiana state bird.
Located at 98 Main Street
The 266-square-foot mural is on the back of the building at the intersection of First Street and Oak Street. This mural was chosen to honor the nearby park, Lincoln Park, and its significance to the community while providing an obvious visual impact for all to enjoy. Indiana artist/muralist Koda Witsken, owner of Hue Murals & Studio, designed and painted the mural in 2019.
Big-4 Rail Trail Tunnel Murals
Located at the Oak Street and Mulberry Street tunnels
Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Boone County, there are murals on two Rail Trail tunnels. The Oak Street mural depicts dahlias in honor of Zionsville's moniker as the "Dahlia City." The Mulberry Street tunnel mimics a hollowed-out log with reptiles, amphibians, mammals and more painted along faux-wooden walls.
Located at the Zionsville Road Trailhead, 10230 Zionsville Road
The artist's idea for the sculpture came from the sheet metal and rivets found on a train combined with Zionsville's mascot, the eagle. The artist chose to design a wind driven kinetic sculpture to give the wings more life.
Wingz - photo by Roben Bellomo with BELLOMO STUDIOS