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Original artwork up for bid at First Friday Silent Auction on Sept. 5

September 2, 2014

The Terre Haute Watermark artists' collective is resuming its silent auction 6-9 p.m. Sept. 5, at Art Spaces, 669 Ohio St. The silent auction, which started at the Downtown Terre Haute Block Party on Saturday, was cut short due to inclement weather.

The auction will provide an outstanding and unusual opportunity for interested patrons of the arts to purchase unique works by professional artists.

Members of the collective have donated their own work to raise funds for their upcoming public art project, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Indiana State University Recycle Center, in collaboration with Art Spaces Inc.

The members of Watermark are professional, local and regional artists of the Wabash Valley with a wide range of experiences working in diverse disciplines including indoor and outdoor sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, installation and digital media.

Watermark members are: Rod Bradfield, Zac Chambers, John Davidson, David Erickson, Bruce Fiscus, Jo Anne Fiscus, John Gardner, Nancy Nichols-Pethick, Petra Nyendick, Edie Richards and Todd Stokes.

Watermark was formed in Terre Haute in 2012 to participate in 2013 Year of the River, a year-long community initiative celebrating the Wabash River. After the success of its "Watermark Landing" project, the collective decided to move forward with subsequent projects.

"Watermark Landing," the first of the collective's art installations, has raised public consciousness about the value of one of Indiana's most valuable natural resources -- the Wabash River. It consists of 30 stepping stones, each measuring 2 square feet, located on the East bank of the

Wabash River in Fairbanks Park. It is free and open to the public every day. The collective received the prestigious "2014 Downtown Terre Haute Award for Best Design of the Year" for "Watermark Landing" on May 29, 2014, at the Indiana Theater.

Watermark is excited to announce its newest project, in collaboration with Wabash Valley Art Spaces Inc., and Indiana State University's Recycle Center. In 2014, Princeton Review selected Indiana State University as one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

To compliment this achievement, Watermark's goal with this installation is to educate and engage staff, faculty and students at Indiana State, as well as the community at large by demonstrating, through the artwork, the practices of sustainability, renewability and conservation. The installation will add to Art Spaces' nationally recognized sculpture collection.

The installation consists of an approximately 1,000 square foot sycamore leaf, Indiana State's logo, constructed from porous concrete. The project will be located near the developing east entrance to the campus across the street from the community gardens, on the corner of 11th and Chestnut streets.

The tip of the leaf is designed to be elevated about 42 inches, with the stem acting as a ground-level access point. The elevation allows the leaf to be viewed by both pedestrians and motorists. Visitors may also "walk into" the leaf at its stem. Once inside the leaf, there will be a two-tiered seating system spanning along the edges, inviting the viewer to sit and stay a while.

Watermark will celebrate the Indiana State University's Recycle Center's 25th anniversary with a work of public art that incorporates principles of sustainability, renewable resources and green practices. The leaf will be lit by blue LED flexible lighting, powered by a solar panel. Surrounding the installation, a native garden of wildflowers and grasses will be incorporated. The landscaping is being designed by Watermark in collaboration with Indiana State's master gardener. Sponsors include Garmong Construction Services, Philips Color Kinetics and Archer Lighting Solutions.

The Watermark Collective is thrilled to be an integral part of this effort to showcase renewability and sustainability to Indiana State University and the Terre Haute community at large.

For more information on the sculpture or auction, contact Petra Nyendick at or 812-841-2884. For directions, please call 812-235-2801.


Contact: Petra Nyendick, director of Indiana State University's Community School of the Arts, 812-841-2884 or

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Members of the collective have donated their own work to raise funds for their upcoming public art project, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Indiana State University Recycle Center, in collaboration with Art Spaces Inc.

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