An Enriching Environment for a Unique Guest Experience
To say we have a fondness for art at The Alexander is an understatement, with unique pieces dotting the lounge, restrooms, meeting breakout spaces, and even your guest room. We commissioned artwork exclusively for the hotel in order to create an enlightening, illuminating, innovative place to work, play, and stay.
Many of the pieces capture the spirit of Indianapolis through a unique lens. Whether it’s the weeds from a vacant lot downtown finding new life as a vinyl silhouette in the women’s restroom or graffiti art depicting Indianapolis residents sprinkled throughout the parking garage, the art brings new life to life in Indianapolis and suggests a different perspective to the viewer.
Large, black birds created from vinyl LPs bring the thought and work of Paul Villinski’s favorite musical artists–as well as several odes to Hoosier music–to life, sending them floating and flying into the world. Anthem is found in the 2nd floor Living Room.Artist Website
Andrew Bordwin took these photographs in and around Indianapolis. Displayed on the 3rd floor of the main hotel tower, they capture fragments of messages briefly seen, only to be forgotten and then vaguely recalled later.Artist Website
Adam Cvijanovic’s landscape painting, found in the 2nd floor Alexander Hallway, depicts Indiana from a vantage point of about 10,000 feet above the ground. By virtue of its scale, the landscape takes on an almost surreal rationality.Artist Website
Found in the 2nd floor Living Room, Sonya Clark’s piece is a comb and steel depiction of Madam C.J. Walker, one of America’s first self-made female millionaires. In 1910, Walker headquartered her beauty empire in Indianapolis.Artist Website
Damien Gilley created X as a fantastic super-blueprint of his experience in Indianapolis. The mural, located on the 5th floor of the main hotel tower, depicts the urban structure of downtown, but also the residential, predominantly horizontal expansion of the city that unfolds as you leave its center.Artist Website
Mark Fox’s site-specific sculpture, near the 2nd floor guest elevators, is crafted of polished stainless steel and addresses the viewer’s relationship to their immediate environment–The Alexander and Indianapolis. The text appears to float in space with the words shifting in and out of legibility.Artist Website
Graffiti artist Nick Walker’s colorful large-scale murals can be seen throughout the parking garage. The murals portray the artist as his alter ego, a “vandal” disguised as a quintessential English gentleman in order to get away with artistic vandalism. They incorporate abstract images of Indianapolis residents against an anarchic landscape that draws on the imagery of comic strips and traditional street art.Artist Website
Designed by Jorge Pardo, Plat 99 is more than just a lounge, it’s a work of art. Pardo conceived it as an immersive environment, using gradated concrete block tiles on the floor and columns. He also designed the colorful, striking assortment of 99 pendant lamps that hang above the lounge.Artist Website
Brian McCutcheon features himself with his 8-year old son, Angus, in his Alien Landscape series, which references historic NASA mobility studies where astronauts practiced on Earth to prepare for life in orbit. The photos bizarrely and amusingly reverse this scenario. Instead of showing real astronauts, they depict father and son dressed in handcrafted space suits going through the motions of mundane daily life in Indiana. The photos are located in the 2nd floor men’s restroom.Artist Website