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Martin Luther King Jr. Public Monument

This project includes the creation of a public display commemorating the words and visit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Fort Wayne in 1963 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, now the USF Performing Arts Center. Dr. King visited Fort Wayne on June 5, 1963 on his journey to Washington, D.C. where he would make the historic “I Have a Dream” speech just two months later.

Pillars of Hope and Justice commemorates the historic visit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Fort Wayne in June 1963, where he shared his vision of nonviolent resistance. The monument features six pillars set in a circular configuration around a stone or concrete plaza. Each pillar will evoke both ancient architectural pillars and growing reeds of papyrus that emerge from the ground and bend outwards at the top. The monument will be placed at the northwest corner of West Main Street and Ewing Street.

The kicked off in January 2022 and will be completed in May 2023.  The monument will be dedicated as part of a planned commemoration of the 60th anniversary Dr. King’s visit on June 5, 2023.  The project is funded by the City of Fort Wayne Community Development and Legacy Funds.

PerspectiveView Main and Ewing

Northeast Quadrant Public Art Initiative

The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission has been granted $50,000 from the Northeast Quadrant Investing in Neighborhoods Now Committee to install public art in the Northeast Quadrant of Fort Wayne. 

In order to determine the types and potential locations for public art, the Northeast Quadrant Public Art Selection Committee is seeking input from residents who live and work in the Northeast Quadrant of Fort Wayne through an electronic survey.  If you live or work in the northeast area of Fort Wayne, please take a few minutes of your time to answer some questions.  The survey can be found at the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H7WNHGP

The survey will be open until January 31, 2022. 

Faces of the Fort Public Art Initiative

Go to this link for information on the Faces of the Fort Public Art Initiative.

Five Point Spin - Five Points Roundabout Sculpture

This project includes the installation of a sculpture in the center of the newly constructed roundabout at Goshen and Sherman Roads in northwest Fort Wayne.   At the request of the City of Fort Wayne Public Works Department, the Public Art Commission formed a selection committee.  The committee selected Susan Zoccola’s 5 Point Spin sculpture at the new roundabout at Goshen Avenue/Lillian Avenue/Sherman Boulevard to be installed in 2022. The project is funded by Fort Wayne Public Works and Northwest Quadrant Investing in Neighborhoods Now Funds.

5 Point Spin