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Black Titan - Sculpture

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We took the grandkids to the Indianapolis Art Center and the Artspark. Admittedly, it's a grand place that I've overlooked.


Black Titan



John Andrew Spaulding, Black Titan, 1985, bronze with concrete base, (1942-2004),


John Andres Spaulding was born in Indianapolis. He worked in the aerospace industry in California before turning

his welding skills to art when the industry collapsed in 1970’s. His sculptures are drawn from nature (including

trees, foliage, giant fish and butterflies) and from man (African warriors, masks and musicians) as well as large

abstracts. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including those of playwright Ntogaske Shange,

jazz artists Betty Carter and Maxine Sullivan and businessman Jerry Ash. He exhibited widely around the world including

Brazil, Japan, France, Africa, England and Columbia.


Twisted House



John McNaughton, Twisted House 2005


John McNaughton is an artist and educator and has taught woodworking, drawing and sculpture for

over 35 years at the University of Southern Indiana. McNaughton received a B.S. and M.A. from Ball State

University in Muncie, Indiana and an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

He has twice been awarded a National Endowment to the Arts Award and examples of his art furniture and

sculptures are represented in over 250 private collections including the permanent collection of

the Smithsonian Institution and the White House Collection of Crafts.


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Pasadena retains some very large sculptures of two influential Americans also.


Sculptor: Ralph Helmick, bronze, 2002

Mack and Jackie Robinson Memorial in Pasadena, California. The city of Pasadena honors native sons and sport athletes, Jackie and Mack Robinson with these two nine-foot tall, 2700 pound sculptures by artist Ralph Helmick. The memorial having a ring of granite tiles etched with donors’ names, is surrounded by benches and peach trees.


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