Composite House for Terre Haute

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Composite House for Terre Haute
Artist Lauren Ewing
Year 2007 (2007)
Medium Indiana limestone
Dimensions 120 cm × 150 cm × 210 cm (4 ft × 5 ft × 7 ft)
Location Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Coordinates 39°28′06″N 87°23′37″W / 39.46828°N 87.39361°W / 39.46828; -87.39361Coordinates: 39°28′06″N 87°23′37″W / 39.46828°N 87.39361°W / 39.46828; -87.39361
Owner Wabash Valley Art Spaces

Composite House for Terre Haute is a public artwork by American artist Lauren Ewing, located in Gilbert Park at 14 1/2 Street and Wabash Ave. (U.S. Route 40) in Terre Haute, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Wabash Valley Art Spaces Outdoor Sculpture Collection.[1]


The work depicts a composite cottage house shape utilized in many Terre Haute homes, particularly in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.[2] It is made of Indiana Oolitic limestone and stands at 4 feet tall. The sculpture sits on a stone base.


Lauren Ewing is a sculptor and installation artist who grew up in Indiana and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana State University (ISU) in 1971. While at ISU, Ewing was influenced by professor Robert Bastian, who worked with and wrote about architectural typology. She has said she is inspired by the social memory of communities, which provide "a wider reading of our culture."[2] Ewing is a former head of the Rhode Island School of Design Department of Sculpture and taught sculpture at Rutgers University for 32 years.[3]

Ewing has exhibited internationally and has sculptures in many cities of the United States, including Seattle, Sacramento, Denver and Philadelphia. She lives in New York City but maintains a studio in Vincennes, Indiana.[4]


The sculpture was dedicated on November 5, 2007, in Gilbert Park. Speakers included representatives from Art Spaces, Inc., Arts Illiana, the Indiana Arts Commission and the Wabash Valley Community Foundation. Ewing was present for the official dedication.[2]


  1. ^ "Composite House for Terre Haute". Wabash Valley Art Spaces. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Eisele, Sean (7 November 2007). "Sculpture dedicated in Gilbert Park". Indiana Statesman. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lauren Ewing, Artist". Hoosiers Doing Something. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 21 June 2011.