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Current Activities for Turn to the River

Thank you for your continued interest and support of Turn to the River! Stay tuned for more information as we begin to move into Phase II.


Completion of Phase I

Turn to the River, a new sculpture by Brad and Diana Goldberg, was completed and dedicated on May 17, 2022.  The completion of this piece, along with the revitalization of the surrounding plaza between Terre Haute City Hall and the Vigo County Court House, includes updated lighting, seating, landscaping, and a water feature located in the new sculpture. This space has become a vibrant, public place that all community members and visitors can enjoy. 

Art Spaces is grateful to the many companies and individuals that  worked so hard to make this project a reality, including Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, ST Construction, Inc.; American Lighting, Myers Engineering; Sycamore Engineering, Hank Metzger Landscape; Decorative Paving Co., Land Stewards Design Group, and others. 

We worked closely with the City of Terre Haute including the Office of the Mayor and Engineering Department. We also worked with Vigo County Commissioners and staff, and we are grateful to the Mayor, the Commissioners and all involved from the City and County. 

We will continue to work with the City as we move into our next two phases, and plan to get started on Design Development for Phase II in the late spring or summer of 2023.  You can stay up to date on progress on Instagram and through Facebook here

Construction on Phase I, the plaza between Terre Haute City Hall and Vigo County Court House:

The firm arcDESIGN of Indianapolis is working with Art Spaces to design wayfinding throughout Turn to the River, including interpretive, directional and other signage.

Phase I Construction 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, as well as many generous individuals.

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

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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