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Judges Pick Favorite Monument Circle Makeover

"People's Choice" Contest Open to Voters

6/15/2011


"From Inertia to Inner Circle" is the judges' choice in the Monument Circle Idea competition.

Rob Wynkoop of the Indiana Department of Administration, and designers of the winning concept Jean-Baptiste Cueille and François David (WIBC.com photo: Liz Thomas)
Rob Wynkoop of the Indiana Department of Administration, and designers of the winning concept Jean-Baptiste Cueille and François David (WIBC.com photo: Liz Thomas)
A public voting campaign begins to pick a Monument Circle makeover.

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From 64 contest entries, judges have selected their favorite 12 concepts to make Indianapolis' literal and symbolic center a more happening place. Mayor Greg Ballard says the city wanted something feasible.

"So many people will look at this, and DPW engineers will confirm all of this, and make a determination about what the next steps are for this great place," Ballard said.

The six-judge panel awarded first prize ($5,000) to the entry entitled "From Inertia to Inner Circle" submitted by Jean-Baptiste Cueille and François David of Paris, France. It features outdoor cafes and comfortable seating.

Local architects Tom Gallagher, Ben Ross and Brian Staresnick earned second prize ($2,000) for their entry, "Re: Centering Indianapolis." It focuses on combining several small ideas to make the Circle a flurry of activity.

Third prize ($1,000) was given to Muncie architects Brian Hollars, Lohren Deeg and Kerry LaPrees. "Nexus: Indianapolis" proposes the integration of Monument Circle with the surrounding neighborhoods and other landmarks.

Now, it's up to everyone else to pick their favorite. You can check out the 12 finalists for the "Peoples Choice" award at www.monumentcircleidea.com or by viewing the displays in windows fronting the Circle.

Instructions on how to text your vote are available online and at the exhibit. The deadline to weigh in June 26 at midnight.

Regardless of the voting, it will take a long time for any new concept to become a reality. No funding has been established, and plans would likely require approval from the state, city and building owners that ring around the Circle.
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