Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
For the last few years, my wife and I have spent our respective birthdays together finding some new place or attraction to visit as a one-day road trip — partly as an excuse to spend time together on this most wondrous day, partly to explore areas of Indiana we’ve never experienced before. My 2015 birthday destination of choice: the city of Fort Wayne, some 100+ miles northeast of here. It’s home to several manufacturing concerns, one major insurance company, a selection of buildings with historical importance to the locals, and a small comic book convention I’d never heard of before this year. We checked out the area, we found ways to enjoy ourselves, we got some much-needed exercise, and we took photos.
In 2014 local college IPFW (Indiana University/Purdue University at Fort Wayne) celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with a special project called “Sculpture with Purpose”. Students and companies created fifty different sculptures that double as bike racks and stationed them all around the city. My wife and I saw several during our stroll around downtown, along with a few other creative works that enrich the landscape and anticipate a bright future filled with artistic expression and lower carbon-impact commuting.
Like “Piggy” in the lead photo, the next seven sculptures are also officially bike racks that just so happen to look like anything better than boring old contiguous rectangles.
(As always, click the photos for enlarging and resolution and such.)
Art lovers may be inclined to check out the Fort Wayne Art Museum, which was on our short list but will have to wait for another visit. A pair of large sculptures mark the territory out front and on the side.
For fans of classic sculpting techniques, this bronze statue of the eponymous General Anthony Wayne stands guard astride his trusty steed in Fort Wayne’s Freimann Square Park.
…and that’s the celebration that was — another birthday date-walk around a well-decorated location with friendly citizens, curious attractions, and no shortage of talent on display.
We’re the Goldens. This is who we are and what we do.
Thanks for reading. Lord willing, see you next year!