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Current Activities for Turn to the River

Shovels and hardhats are ready and ground will be broken on the first phase of Implementation of Turn to the River in April 2021. The construction in the central city-county plaza is estimated to occur over an approximate 120-day period following groundbreaking. As of the date of this report Art Spaces is coordinating a timeline for demolition of the existing concrete surface and fountain; excavation; grading and drainage; and new infrastructure including water and electrical lines. The site prep will be ready for installation of a new artwork by artist Brad Goldberg in mid-June. Contractors working on the site will include ST Construction, Inc., Smock Fansler, and others.

The firm arcDESIGN of Indianapolis is working with Art Spaces design wayfinding throughout Turn to the River, including interpretive, directional and other signage. The above images offer  examples of a bench, a charging station, and a wayfinding sign similar to those planned for installation in or near the plaza.

This phase of Turn to the River has been made possible through the support of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation through the Wabash River Regional Development Authority, City of Terre Haute, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment and Vigo County.

We look forward to celebrating with everyone, stay tuned for a date to be announced at a later time.

About Turn to the River

Turn to the River is a comprehensive multi-year project to reconnect downtown Terre Haute with the Wabash River through public art and design. The arts are at the core of this exciting placemaking initiative and professional artists have worked with Art Spaces to engage community members and stakeholders through charrettes, symposia, focus groups and one-on-one meetings to develop the concepts. Turn to the River‘s planning and design development of the central portion of the government campus were supported in part by Our Town awards from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation through the Wabash River Regional Development Authority and many other supporters.


In 2019 Art Spaces and Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group were awarded a Merit Award for Turn to the River Conceptual Design by the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The City of Terre Haute is the primary governmental partner on the project and Art Spaces also works closely with Vigo County officials to ensure that the designs complement the existing architecture and serve the needs of city and county operations on the site.

Here you will find the 60% Design Development completed by Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group for the government area in April 2019.

Here you will find the Revised Concepts presented by Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group September 2018.

The entire focus area of Turn to the River includes the 4-square block government campus that encompasses Terre Haute City Hall and Vigo County Courthouse.  A designed walking promenade will lead people through this area and the city’s parking lot to the river, where a city-owned property, “One Wabash,” will be redesigned as a public green space with an overlook.  The City Parking Lot is envisioned as a designed, safe, green space, with a festival/gathering space that may accommodate Farmer’s Market, Arts Festivals and other community happenings.

Partnerships are essential to the success of the project.  Anyone seeking more information or involvement is encouraged to complete the form below or contact Art Spaces at 812-235-2801 or info@wabashvalleyartspaces.com.

You may access the 2012-2014 Turn to the River Plan here.

Click here to view the 2015 Concept Booklet.

Click here to view additional concepts for the “Civic Plaza” area.

Selected images from the presentation are available here.

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