Art Spaces to dedicate "A Song for Indiana" - a new sculpture in Terre Haute's Fairbanks Park

  • 15 Oct 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute

Art Spaces to dedicate A Song for Indiana - a new sculpture in Terre Haute's Fairbanks Park


A Song for Indiana, a new Art Spaces sculpture by Teresa Clark, will be dedicated "on the banks of the Wabash," in a public event taking place on Wednesday, October 15th beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Fairbanks Park.  Located just west of the downtown and situated near the Wabash River, the site is adjacent to the childhood home of Paul Dresser, a world renowned musician (1858-1906) who wrote "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," declared by the 68th Indiana General Assembly as the state song on March 14, 1913.  In 2013 both houses of the Indiana Legislature reaffirmed this in a declaration sponsored jointly by Bob Heaton in the House and Tim Skinner in the Senate. 

The sculpture honors Dresser, the state song and the Wabash, Indiana's state river.  Art Spaces began work on the project during 2013 Year of the River, and it is part of the organization's efforts to reconnect Terre Haute's downtown with the Wabash River through public art and design, also described in Art Spaces NEA funded Turn to the River Plan, recently released. (

Dresser's famous ballad, "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," became the second highest selling sheet music of the 19th Century and was adopted as Indiana's official state song four years prior to the adoption of the state flag.

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