The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Walking Man Project

June 23, 2012

Five hours with The Walking Man

Day's journey well worth it, participants say

ANDERSON, Ind. — Four hours and 49 minutes.

43.3 miles. 31 statues. And 27 stops.

That’s the travel time, mileage and tally to make the entire trip for the Walking Man Project, the series of standing structures dotting the Anderson landscape.

Those numbers are based on a recent journey made by The Herald Bulletin in hopes of giving readers an idea of what to expect

The Herald Bulletin has written several stories about the Walking Man Project but decided we should embark on the tour ourselves to give readers idea of what to expect on their trip.

The Walking Man public art project, created by artists Levi Rinker and Laree Blazer, centers around 10-foot-tall steel statues painted by professional artists, schoolchildren and groups of co-workers. They were all recently installed around the community.

There will be a festival Sept. 15 to celebrate the project.

Visitors embarking on the tour can pick up a map at any site. Brochures have a space for a “passport” stamp which is available near each statue, providing businesses are open.

Talking to visitors, sponsors and artists along the way, The Herald Bulletin found a few pitfalls to avoid: some of the sponsors are closed for lunch or not open on weekends and some of the locations are a little hidden.

Recently, Michelle Ray of Anderson was doing the tour with five children, three of her own and two belonging to a friend.

“Everywhere we go they’ve seen them so they were really excited about stopping by,” she said, just starting out. “The statues have really grabbed their attention.”

Lillyana Ray, 4, said her favorites were at the Anderson Public Library and The Herald Bulletin.

“I love them all, mommy,” she said.

Sister Anabella Ray, 10, said the whole thing was cool. “The artists took their time,” she said. “It is like a scavenger hunt.”

Here’s the route The Herald Bulletin took, along with some notes.

Business/sponsor: The Herald Bulletin

Location of statue and passport stamp: 1133 Jackson St., front desk

Hours to obtain stamp: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Statue name: Hank

Artist: Cagney King

Note: Janice Winkler grinned from ear to ear as another group of children came through the front doors of The Herald Bulletin. She had her stamp ready and was eager to hear stories of their journey.

“It has been such a great family-oriented thing for people,” said Winkler, who is a customer service representative at the paper. “This is something that doesn’t require money. We’ve had a lot of groups of people. Kids, parents, everyone seems to be having a lot of fun.”

One thing she’s noticed is a lot of families getting photos in front of Hank.

“The kids get so excited about the statue,” Winkler said. “They have got to look so big to them. They look big to us, but to little kids they are probably humongous.”

Passport carriers receive a free newspaper.

The Anderson Center for the Arts

32 W. 10th St., front desk Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Name: Full Spectrum

Artist: Michael Crowthers

You might have your stamp (or sticker in this case) provided by the artist himself.

Michael Crowthers, curator of the center’s permanent collections and exhibitions coordinator, designed and painted Full Spectrum. He is grateful of the ease of working with MoFab to make needed modifications to depict an artist’s palette coming through the Walking Man’s head and paint brushes for fingers. It took  him about five weeks to complete.

“I wanted something that was representative not only of the arts center but the artists as well,” he said.

“We are all about giving back to the community and making sure art is always out there for people to access. This is a great example of that.”

For Crowthers, Full Spectrum was about illustrating the full spectrum of the arts and artist’s lifestyle. The statue’s black color represents the black tie that is typically is seen for gallery openings. The walking man statue is painting a self-portrait representing something most artists will do at some point in their career. The frame plays to the gallery world, the palette through the head represents creativity and the brushes for hands shows how many artists become so deeply involved in their craft it becomes a part of them.

“It’s been gratifying seeing people enjoy it so much,” Crowthers said. “Hearing others’ enjoyment, their thoughts and questions is the best thing for artists. It has been especially good to see all the children react and hear their perspective.”

Madison County Community Foundation

33 W. 10th St., Ste. 600, sixth floor of First Merchants building, front desk

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday with no access from noon to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: App

Artist: Kara Clark-Duquette

Enter a contest where the winner to receives a $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice as part of the foundation’s Unexpected Gifts campaign.

krM Architecture+

1020 Jackson St., second floor, front desk

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: Untitled

Artist: The Walking Man Project staff

This is a great chance to check out a beautiful building that you might not otherwise visit.

C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Statue is located in Citizen’s Park; stamp is collected across the street at 800 Main St., Ste. 305, third floor of Citizens Plaza Building (or the Key Bank Building as it is commonly known)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Name: Circle of Trust

Artist: Anderson Elementary

Enter here to win a gift card to a local business.

City of Anderson

120 E. 8th St., fifth floor receptionist

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Name: City of Anderson

Artists: Laree Blazer and Kathy Pickering

Kids get a special treat and staff there said it has been great getting to see all the visitors, especially the families, come through to receive a stamp.

Sherwin Williams

627 Meridian St., check-out counter

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays

Name: Autumn

Artist: Jaryn Herd

Instead of a stamp, visitors receive a dab of green paint. Also, completed maps brought to the business earn a free gallon of paint.

Anderson Public Library, sponsored by The Hunger Games

111 E. 12th St., circulation desk

9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Name: Man is Not an Island

Artist: Tashana Preston

The library’s statue is the only one walking toward the building, staff there said, saying they want to encourage people to walk into the library.

Gray’s Design Studio

1331 Main St., check-out counter

Stamp hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Name: Kaydi

Artist: Diane Burrell

The detail on this statue gives it something extra. There is fringe on her boots, and she’s wearing an earring that gives the statue extra dimension.

Mounds Mall, sponsored by Girl Scouts Anderson Troop 30226

2109 S. Scatterfield Road, in front of Garfield’s entrance to mall, stamp received at Garfield’s.

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Name: Daisy

Artist: Troop #30226

This statue commemorates the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Mounds Mall, no sponsor

2109 S. Scatterfield Road, in front of Garfield’s entrance to mall, stamp received at Mounds 10 movie theater

Noon to 10 p.m. Monday to Sunday

Name: Young

Artist: Pendleton Intermediate and High School

The statue looks like an average teenage boy wearing a basketball jersey and listening to music on headphones and is placed right next to the Girl Scout Walking Man.

Liberty Christian School, sponsored by The Hunger Games

2025 Hillcrest Drive, no stamp needed

Name: Q-ban Man

Artist: Frank M. Bauer-Thomas

This statue is one of two sponsored by Suzanne Collins, author of the popular trilogy “The Hunger Games” that has been made into a recent box office smash.” Collins is married to Levi Rinker’s cousin. Rinker is executive director and brainchild of the project.

Madison County Federal Credit Union

621 E. 8th St., bank teller

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name; Talking Shape

Artist: East Side Intermediate School

Those getting a stamp at the bank will receive a small bag.

Anderson University

1303 E. 5th St., School of Adult Learning

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name; Faith & Service

Artist: AU Art+Design Freshman Students

This is a great stop to get cooled off. There was a sprinkler right by the building entrance to the building. Enter to win a basket of AU items and visit friendly staff.

Mermaid Pool, Spa & Patio

182 W. 300 West (Hartman Road), check-out counter

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

Name: Smilin’ Stan

Artist: Dan Rinker

This Walking Man fits right in with his surroundings, looking like he is ready to dive right into a swimming pool. Take special note of his gold tooth. And when you go inside for a to get your passport stamp you will be greeted by a bullfrog (or at least the sounds of one.)

Community Hospital Anderson

1515 N. Madison Ave., gift shop

8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Name: Medical Profession

Artist: Don Shanks

Gift Shop volunteers said it has been has been a lot of fun talking with visitors to the hospital. Those making the Walking Man journey have said the adventure has been a lot of fun.

Anderson Country Club

602 Northshore Blvd., business office which is to the right after going in the main entrance

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: Ol’ Woody

Artist: Dan Rinker

This statue is not only prepared to play golf with a the club in his hand, he’s dressed the part, all the way down to his argyle knee-high socks matching his vest.

The Edge

519 Golf Club Road, pro shop, bar or hostess stand

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday

Name: The Anderson Indian

Artist: Savannah Terrell

This regal Indian can be found watching guard on the swimming pool. Children can be seen playing nearby at the statue, which is one of two at the country club.

The Edge

519 Golf Club Road, pro shop, bar or hostess stand

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday

Name: The Patriot Man

Artist: Joe Flynn

This statue isn’t visible from the parking lot. Walk through the restaurant and downstairs (close to the pro shop) to see it or around the building to near the first tee to see The Patriot Man.

Retired Anderson couple Steve and Karen Gray finished up their tour at The Edge last week. She was snapping pictures of The Patriot Man while he was getting a stamp at the pro shop.

“It’s been so much fun,” she said. “It has been pretty interesting and we have gone to some places we didn’t even know about.”

The couple’s favorite statue was “A Great Loss to Indiana” at Hoosier Park. She said there were several elements to the artwork that were different and it was a meaningful tribute to fallen soldiers.

“This is a great way to get people out and about in Anderson,” Gray said. “There isn’t a whole lot to do in Anderson these days so we thought it would be neat for us. People have been so friendly.”

It took the couple two afternoons, and she said she’d encourage others to go.

“If you have the time and gas, do it!” Gray said.

Carter Express

4020 W. 73rd, front desk

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: Captain Carter

Artist: Dan Rinker

Captain Carter was a great example of how some of the artist’s took full advantage of the statue. The base, which many artists left plain or painted a solid color, is painted as if it is a road that “Captain Carter” — representing the trucking industry company — is following.

Home Instead Senior Care

2701 Enterprise Drive, Ste. 235, on the second floor directly behind the stairs

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: Forever Young

Artist: Twin Airbrushing — Cindy Fox and Wendy Otto

Enter to win a $200 gift card to Staff here said they were the very first sponsors in The Walking Man Project.

Tim Allred’s Collision Center

1400 W. 29th, front desk

8 a.m. to 6  p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: Walking with my Best Friend, part I and part II

Artist: Tim Allred

You will see more than just the Walking Man’s dog at this stop. Meet the two real and friendly pooches at this stop and receive a free goodie bag. This is the site of the Walking Man couple, walking their dog. Many of those doing the tour expressed that these statues were a favorite. This is one of three businesses sponsoring two statues.

Ralph’s Auto Service, sponsored by Ralph’s and Mike Roberts Racing

1010 W. 29th St., check-out desk

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: Mike

Artist: Jeremy Adams

This statue plays on one of the themes the Walking Man Project is trying to promote — progress. The front of Mike features “green” items like recycling, compact fluorescent light bulbs and corn for ethanol. The side of the statue features a Walking Man statue, the word “progress” and drops of oil. The back shows where the community and country have come, the progress that’s been made — oil, nuclear waste and atomic bombs.

MoFab Inc.

1415 Fairview St., check-out desk

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

Name: The Fabricator

Artist: Twin Airbrushing — Cindy Fox and Wendy Otto

This is where the Walking Man was born. The 31 statues were fabricated here. This Walking Man is shown fabricating one of the statues. Enter here to win a customized bumper plaque.

Barber Manufacturing

1824 Brown St., office on second floor using Brown Street entrance

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: Barber Springs Forward

Artists: Levi Rinker and Laree Blazer

This Walking Man is painted to replicate a traditional barber pole and features springy hair. Staff there said they have enjoyed hearing stories from the visitors to the office and have heard from many that they’ve visited places they didn’t even know existed.

IVY Tech

104 W. 53rd, information desk using the 53rd Street entrance

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: Ivy

Artists: Ivy Tech students

The hands Ivy is gripping the diploma with are modifications as well as the glasses and hat. Many of the statues added to the standard Walking Man statue to give them more personality or fit the design.

Stoops Freightliner Quality Trailer

6105 Columbus Ave., front desk of main entrance

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: Trucking Man

Artist: Levi Rinker

The body of this Walking Man is extended a great deal to represent a trailer, like those sold by its sponsor, Stoops. There are wheels in each hand of Trucking Man, as well as wheels on the back of the trailer. The detail painted in the trailer is pleasant as well as a map on each side.

Anderson/Madison County Visitors & Conventions Bureau

6335 S. Scatterfield Road

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Name: Progress Through the Years and in to the Future

Artist: Phyllis Norris

After driving all around Anderson to see the statues, people can stop inside here and learn more about the community they live in as well as the area around Madison County. Visitors will receive a free Indianapolis Colts bracelet.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

4500 Dan Patch Circle, those under 21 must use the horse track entrance and can receive a stamp at the Club Centaur Rewards desk;, those over 21 can receive a stamp at the rewards desk in the casino

8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday on the racing side and 24 hours on the casino side

Names: A Great Loss to Indiana (at the casino entrance) and Casino Man (at the casino entrance)

Artist: Twin Airbrushing — Cindy Fox and Wendy Otto

There’s a lot to look at with both statues.  Many said “A Great Loss to Indiana” was their favorite. This statue featured the names of those Hoosier’s lost in different battles. The names cover nearly every surface of the statue with images eerily painted in the background. An eagle is on the Walking Man’s head and a helmet and gun memorial on his back.

The “Casino Man” features a detailed painting of a number of gaming options at the casino.

This is the spot where you can drop off your completed map to be entered for a variety of prizes.

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