Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
The landmark for peace is located within Indianapolis’ dr. Martin Luther King jr. Park.
In 1995, President Clinton came to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park to dedicate the memorial, “Landmark for Peace” commemorating the site where Robert Kennedy delivered his immortal words on the night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination.
“Why don’t we make a monument to peace where all of us can live together, not with walls coming up but with walls tearing down, so we can go forward together.”
Former Indiana Secretary of State, Larry Conrad, had the idea that a monument could commemorate both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy in the park where Kennedy’s calming remarks were made on the night of King’s assassination. Indiana Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh funded a juried competition for a monument design in 1994 with resources from the newly-formed Pacers Foundation.
Indianapolis writer, Greg R. Perry submitted a design concept that was chosen from a pool of 50 submissions. The monument, dedicated in 1995, is constructed from two massive curves of Cor-Ten steel cut with the outlines of Kennedy and King, cast by Indianapolis sculptor Daniel Edwards. From each of these rounded steel curves of steel leap two half figures, reaching their hands out to one another over a walkway. “The monument is a meeting of opposing artistic sensibilities not normally found together in public monuments: abstract meets figurative,” writes NUVO art critic Dan Grossman. “It’s not just a piece of sculpture that happens to be outside in a public space,” says project consultant Steve Mannheimer. “It’s truly a civic sculpture.”
We remember and honor Landmark for Peace designer Greg R. Perry (1961-2017), a devoted KKMI board member.
Upcoming Events at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Past Events at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Indy Parks presents Clint Breeze and The Groove at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Bring a seat, your friends and family, and join us for some local, original music in the park! The concert is free and begins at 7pm.
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