The Deer Fountain, on the northwest corner of Washington
and Senate, marks the entrance to the Eiteljorg Museum
of American Indians and Western Art. The fountain has not yet been
turned on for the season, but even so, the deer are forever
running through a stream, their hooves splashing the unseen water.
The Eiteljorg, opened in 1989, was the inspiration of Harrison Eiteljorg,
who had developed an interest and love for the Native American peoples,
their culture and artwork when he began traveling West on coal
mining ventures in the 1940s. When the museum was being planned,
he traveled with the architect, Jonathan Hess, to visit the Southwest.
They studied the land and its architecture for inspiration
for the look of the museum.
A large panoramic tryptic of the Grand Canyon greets visitors
at the front entrance of the Grand Hall, which is paved with the same
plum-colored German sandstone that forms the base of the
building. Warm, honey-colored Minnesota dolomite gives
the building's exterior an appearance reminiscent of Southwestern Pueblos.
On the west side of the Museum is the Discovery Garden and
Kincannon Learning Circle, where one can see native Indiana plant species
as well as monumental sculptures interspersed throughout the grounds.
|Wisdom Keepers, 1998 by Bruce LaFountain|
Turtle Mountain Chippewa
The other side of the Wisdom Keepers sculpture shows
a falcon's head, but the image was too underexposed to use,
even with the help of Photoshop.
|Sculpture by Doug Hyde|
The grounds of the Eiteljorg abut those of the
Indiana State Museum, the landscaping of one blending
seamlessly into the other, divided by immense blocks
of rough limestone. The overall effect is to provide
a place of calm, of natural beauty in the
midst of a bustling city.