by Donald Lipski — Chicago, Illinois (New York, New York)
The Tent is one of our permanent art sculptures located near Celebration Plaza. It is the 500 Festival’s gift to the community and pays tribute to community and volunteer spirit during the Festival’s first 50 impacting years. The 500 Festival was formed by a group of community leaders to celebrate the Indianapolis 500 in 1957. The Tent stands 43’ tall and 14’ wide. It is a wind activated sculpture built from tubular stainless steel, has nearly 500 panels of polished stainless steel, and is painted on the outside of each with 23 bright colors. The 500 Festival 50th Anniversary Legacy Art Project was dedicated on December 2, 2008. The art was created by internationally-renowned artist Donald Lipski.