Harrison Center installation to honor upcoming solar eclipse

Visiting artist Henry Dean is currently installing an outdoor sculpture, Now and then / Indianapolis, in front of the Harrison Center in celebration of the total solar eclipse expected to be in full view here on Monday, April 8.

Henry, who resides in Savannah, Ga., is an author and professor who teaches at the School of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design.

The sculpture is one of a series of six which Henry is creating along the “path of totality” from Texas and Maine. The project has been under way for over three years and is documented in the Instagram journal @nowandtheneclipse24.

Henry said he recalls coming to Indianapolis in the summer of 2022 and meeting Harrison Center director Joanna Taft. “I’d been exploring places traveling southwest along the path from northern Maine. Many sites were remote, natural settings. Niagara Falls was fresh in my mind! It was exciting to suddenly be at the crossroads of America! It made me think about the Moon’s shadow touching lives of everyone in the city, briefly passing over its buildings, roads, and rails – and the White River connecting to the heart of the US. This cosmic event reminds us of our collective history, the time in which we live, and hopes for the future. I couldn’t have been more excited when Joanna toured me around and then reached out inviting me to create a Now and then sculpture at the Harrison Center.”

Henry said his sculpture honors and celebrates community and landscape, anticipating the eclipse, experiencing its passing, then acting as a memory marker once the event is over.

“I look forward to working with and meeting people from the local community and the artists and creatives at the Center,” Henry said. “Each piece has a collaborative element in the way it’s built and conceived. Each evolves from the ongoing process. For Indianapolis, the sculpture will touch on the city’s commitment to learning and education and its storied history as a place of manufacturing, a center for arts and sciences, and love of all things chrome.”

PHOTO ABOVE: Henry’s sculpture is now being installed along N. Delaware Street in front of the Harrison Center.