Arlon Bayliss will describe his journey as an artist working with light, from his early work as a glass artist to his public art commissions. His talk will be illustrated with images and video of various projects, including his recent work for the City of Carmel. He will not only show how the artworks come to life, but also emphasize the importance of collaboration and “play” in his creative process.
About the Presenter
Arlon Bayliss was trained at the Royal College of Art in London. For over 20 years, he designed glass for factories in Germany, Italy and the United States, and his glass artwork is in museum collections worldwide.
Bayliss’s public art projects began in 1993 and include large-scale indoor installations such as Light, Words, Life for the Indianapolis Central Library, Between Infinite Stars … at the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and Flight Wave for Indianapolis International Airport. His monumental outdoor works include Seeds of Light, a community-based 2016 art initiative and sculpture for the Town of Speedway, which received Indy Chamber’s Honor Award for Public Art. In 2017, commissioned by Simon Property Group, he installed Kawaakari: River of Light, a 400-foot-long aerial sculpture for the Circle Centre Mall Dining Pavilion in downtown Indianapolis.
His commissions for the City of Carmel include two roundabout sculptures with floral themes: the 36-foot Beacon Bloom at Westfield Boulevard and 96th Street and the 45-foot Grace, Love and Joy at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian streets. His most recent commission for the city stands outside the Center for the Performing Arts. Titled Homage to Hoagy, it celebrates the work of Great American Songbook Hall of Fame inductee and Indiana native Hoagy Carmichael.
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