A Chorus of Trumpets, located at Indiana State University in Rankin Plaza, was conceived by artist Howard Kalish to complement the indoor performance venue originally know as “Tilson Music Hall.” For more than 70 years, student and faculty musicians, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and internationally known performers have made music inside Indiana State University’s Tilson Auditorium.
Upon visiting the plaza while developing a concept for the piece, it became clear to Howard that a globe-like form would be ideal for the site. He was intrigued by the challenge of creating a piece that would successfully interact with the natural elements in the area as well as the variety of architectural styles surrounding the site.
The stainless steel and aluminum artwork features translucent tinted urethane elements that evoke the shape of trumpet bells. Kalish writes “The way they work together, the interplay of colors, is analogous to a musical composition – hence the title,” he said. “A ‘chorus’ is heard in a concert hall or theater, which links it to Tilson Hall, as a kind of visual fanfare for the performances there.”
Close to a main campus entrance and adjacent to the Arts Corridor, the sculpture welcomes the public to Indiana State University as well as serving the entire university community. The 10-foot high sculpture is a welcoming beacon for audience members attending a show or performance and memorable for its burst of delicate joyful color.
Stainless Steel, Aluminum, and Tinted Urethane, 2011
10′ high, 9′ wide, 9′ deep
Located on the Terre Haute Arts Corridor on the campus of Indiana State University on the Rankin Plaza, 200 North 7th Street.
Howard Kalish lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Art Spaces gratefully acknowledges Indiana State University.
A Chorus of Trumpets is part of the Permanent Art Collection of ISU.