Kawaakari: River Of Light


Client: Simon Property Group

Completed: 2019

Location: Circle Centre Mall – Indianapolis, Indiana

Artwork Budget: $450,000


CSO Architects

BoMar Industries


Associated Controls + Design

Pepper Construction

Circle Design Group


A four hundred-foot-long suspended sculpture floats high above the Indianapolis Circle Centre Dining Pavilion. “Kawaakari: River of Light” was inspired by rivers and their surface reflections. The four-hundred foot long artwork is made of stainless-steel tubing and wire netting, and over twelve thousand colored lenses. Flowing like a river, its winding form weaves between tall columns as light bouncing off the lenses, creates thousands of colored reflections, enlivening countless surfaces within the space.

“I have been exploring Indiana rivers for almost 30 years. I love their sinuous movement through the land and the indescribably beautiful quality of light on the water’s surface. The twists and turns remind me of life; shaped by setbacks and success and the light, with all the colors it contains, fills me with joy.”