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  Veteran's Memorial Plaza
by deecat

The day we saw Veteran's Memorial Plaza (Obelisk Square), it was cloudy and cool. The photograph almost looks as though it is a black and white picture. I took it from a distance because when we were there, they were renovating this area, and there was a fence blocking the way.

The reason for the two names is that the Veteran's Memorial Plaza was once known as Obelisk Square. It was completed in 1930 and the park was almost completely paved with asphalt so large gatherings of people could come together. In 1975, it was relandscaped with a formal pavement pattern that radiates from the central Obelisk fountain. This was done for the Bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence.

I'm glad that they added grassy areas and trees at the four corners. I'm sure it is much more inviting with natural elements rather than asphalt!

In the center of this Plaza is the Obelisk Fountain. The Obelisk is made of Berwick black granite with bronze tablets at its base and is 100 foot tall. The obelisk is a symbol of regeneration; propeganda says that it represents "the hopes and aspirations of the nation, a symbol of the power of nature to reproduce and continue the life of the country". The tablets are sculpted to represent the 4 fundamentals on which the nation's hopes are founded: law, science, religion, & education.

The fountain is composed of pink Georgia marble and terrazzo. It's a 2-level fountain; the lower basin is 100 feet in diameter. The upper basin is made up of four small bays with a large nozzle and spray ring in each. At night the fountain is illuminated with colored lights.

I only wish we could have gotten closer, but the construction prevented that!

Address: 431 Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317)232-7615
Website: http://www.ai.org/iwm

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  • Updated Apr 11, 2005
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