Circle (sculpture)

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Circle by Sadashi Inuzuka.jpg
Artist Sadashi Inuzuka
Year 2005 (2005)
Type Granite, sand
Location Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Coordinates 39°52′41.33″N 86°8′39.51″W / 39.8781472°N 86.1443083°W / 39.8781472; -86.1443083
Owner Indianapolis Art Center

Circle is a public artwork by Sadashi Inuzuka. The artwork is located in the ARTSPARK on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center (IAC) in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.[1]


Circle consists of a granite curved circle (reminiscent of a donut or liferaft) with an open center filled with a sandbox.[2] A pole comes from the center of the artwork with a metal arm with triangular teeth placed in a row on the bottom part of it. It turns around in the sand, like a zen garden, with sounds going on and off periodically.


The artwork was purchased with gifts from the Sheila Fortune Foundation, Sallie Mae Fund, June McCormick, Cinergy and EE Technologies.[1]

About the artist[edit]

Sadashi Inuzuka is an artist who works in ceramics, sculpture and installation. He received his BGA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1985 and in 1987 obtained his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1995 he was a seasonal instructor at Carr while serving (1994–1996) as faculty at University College of the Fraser Valley. In 1996 he became associate professor at the University of Michigan, receiving tenure in 2001. His artwork looks at the relationship of human society and the natural world, specifically water diversion, genetically modified crops and invasive species. He has received five awards and grants and participates in international panels and lectures.[3] In 2003 the Indianapolis Art Center hosted an exhibit of Inuzuka's work titled "Water Trade".[4] Another exhibit titled "Mutation and Adaptation" is also noted for being hosted by the IAC in July–August 2003 which featured installations of Inuzuka's ceramics and metal castings.[5] He has also exhibited work at Indiana University Kokomo, Mott Community College, Allegheny College, Salina Art Center, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Australian National University, among others.[3]


To create the artwork Inuzuka, who is visually impaired, worked with students of the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to create Circle. With the goal of providing ISBVI students with a place to gather at the ARTSPARK, the youth contributed ideas about the design of the artwork, leading to the tactile nature and recordings in the piece, which were also created by the students.[6] A groundbreaking was held on June 5, 2004 at the ISBVI to celebrate the creation of what would become the Nina Mason Pulliam Sensory Path, where Inuzuka's installation would be at the end of the path. On creating the artwork Inuzuka sought to "do something with texture so the blind children could feel it". [2]


  1. ^ a b Indianapolis Art Center (2009). "Indianapolis Art Center Map" (PDF). Artspark. Indianapolis Art Center. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Jenica Schultz (2004). "Indianapolis to break ground on Artspark". City & State. Indiana Daily Student. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b University of Michigan (2007). "Promotion Recommendation" (PDF). University of Michigan. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sadashi Inuzuka". Home. Center for Japanese Studies. 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Galleries & Exhibitions". Indianapolis Monthly. August 2003. 
  6. ^ Indianapolis Art Center (2010). "Creative Connections". In the Community. Indianapolis Art Center. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 

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