A New Mural Goes Up in the Indianapolis Room
A new mural has been installed in the Indianapolis Special Collections Room on the Sixth Floor of Central Library. The artist Tom Torluemke has given it the working title, The Book of Life: The People We Know, the Experiences We Have, and the Conditions under Which We Live.
Inspired by Booth Tarkington’s novel The Magnificent Ambersons, and, as he says, “by all the other creators who came before me,” Torluemke spent a year painting this depiction of the Ambersons’ period and others in Indiana history.
Torluemke says that there’s a tradition of murals at libraries, such as John Singer Sargent’s at the Boston Public Library. “The bar has been set pretty high,” he laughs.
But come up to the Indianapolis Room at Central Library. Have a look at Torluemke’s wonderful evocation of the past; and then step over and look at the view of downtown Indianapolis that the Sixth Floor affords. It’s like going to a planetarium, and watching as the lights trace the passage of time.