Blue Rose Junction
Handel’s Ice Cream off of 116th Street in Fishers features an 18-foot high mural by Indiana artist Craig Martin, commissioned by the City of Fishers and the Fishers Arts Council. Blue Rose Junction is a large mural depicting a blue rose with ribbons of reds, oranges, whites, and other colors coming into the rose itself.
The mural is an abstract look at the community coming together to gather at Handel’s, a Fishers area business where Martin's mural is displayed. Blue Rose Junction was described by Martin as his attempt to “find a way, through color and line, to bring together threads of the community and gathering.”
Martin’s public murals have also been showcased in five Lafayette locations. This mural, unveiled on June 8th, 2018, in Fishers, is his celebration of community while highlighting the multilayered nature of it. The expressive and visually open rose, with its many layers, brings in the ribbons, or different threads of community, to one singular place which is a greater than its sum.
Ribbon Cutting, June 2018
Week Before Ribbon Cutting
Craig Martin is a practicing artist, illustrator, mural painter, actor, presenter, and podcaster (ART TAP, @ArtTapPodcast). He has exhibited regionally and received the Individual Artist Program grant from the Indiana Arts Commission in 2012.
Martin has created hand-drawn poster illustrations to accompany season productions at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in Lafayette, Indiana and the Swift Creek Mill Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. His work has also been included in the Purdue Alumnus magazine.
In addition to Blue Rose Junction in Fishers, Martin has completed seven public mural commissions in the Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN area.