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When employees move into the new Cummins Indy Distribution Business Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis early next year, they will be greeted by a sculpture suspending from the lobby ceiling, designed to evoke the wonder of complex systems and to inspire innovation.

Created by artist Kendall Buster, this sculpture is one of many artworks that will be integrated throughout the nine-story building.

Though the project is not yet complete, Cummins already has been credited with bringing its architectural legacy to Indianapolis through creating a dynamic, people-centric work environment for employees and customers, while contributing to the city’s social and economic vibrancy.

Cummins’ goal is to design and build an architecturally significant building that creates a warm, welcoming and inviting space for its employees, visitors and customers. Working with Mindy Taylor Ross from Art Strategies, Cummins commissioned several artists for their new site.

Artists Buster, Odili Donald Odita and the collaborative of Jennifer Riley and Emily Kennerk are among those whose work was commissioned for the new building. Their art will be located inside the building, but will be visible from the outside so they can be enjoyed by visitors and neighbors, alike.

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Buster, an internationally renowned artist based in Richmond, Virginia, is creating the signature sculpture for the lobby (seen above in an artist rendering). This lightweight, uplifting and elegant sculpture is designed to evoke the wonder of complex systems from the micro-level of the engine to the macro-level of Cummins’ global distribution network with core concepts of precision and the dynamic interconnectedness of parts to a whole.

Buster, inspired by engines and the rotations within them, developed the template for the sculpture by beginning with circles and cylinder shapes, and then generating three-dimensional forms through a process similar to machine lathing. The unique sculptural are made from white industrial-grade shade clothe over aluminum frames, Buster’s signature materials.

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Odita is a Nigerian-born artist who was raised in the Midwest and is known for his wall paintings. Running the height of the office tower, the mural (seen above in an architect’s rendering) “The Wisdom of Trees” was inspired by the artist’s visit to the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, and Cummins’ commitment to sustainability and the environment. From the plaza, the six-floor painting becomes a spine in the building, rooting its viewers in the space, the environment and the Cummins commitment to sustainability.

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Riley and Kennerk were commissioned to create an installation viewable at street level along the north side of the building and near the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Riley is a painter who splits her time between Columbus, Indiana, and New York City. Kennerk is a sculptor and artist based in Central Indiana. Together they have been working on a series of artworks entitled “Big Bright Steel.”

Their work will be composed of brightly painted steel remnants from a Cummins manufacturing partner, Noblitt Fabricators of Columbus, Indiana. Instead of becoming scrap, the steel plates will be repurposed and used as sculptural material by the artists in an installation that abstractly references Cummins global network and its commitment to sustainability, the environment and its partners in manufacturing and distribution.

Cummins has called Columbus, Indiana home for nearly 100 years. Just 45 minutes north of the corporate headquarters in Columbus, the new global distribution business office building is an extension of Cummins’ commitment to Indiana, providing workspace employees in the distribution business and select corporate functions.

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