On Friday, MAN reported that the Central Indiana Community Foundation had pulled its support for the site of Fred Wilson’s site-specific E Pluribus Unum sculpture. CICF is the lead project funder. After Payne’s announcement on Friday, it remains to be determined whether or not Wilson will choose to move forward with the project.
In an interview with me, Payne couldn’t identify exactly what specific process led him to pull CICF’s support, but he referred to the mayor’s newfound lack of support for the project-site and to nebulous community feedback. Considering that there was an anti-E Pluribus Unum rally scheduled for Saturday — its organizers called it an “anti-slave rally” — it’s not difficult to connect-the-dots between Payne and ‘community feedback.’
So how did that rally go? I wasn’t there. But this picture of the rally turned up yesterday on Tumblr. Apparently in Indianapolis, which has a metropolitan population of 1,830,000, it took only about 50 people to scare off CICF and the mayor’s office from the Wilson project, thus putting America’s most exciting public art project on the endangered list. [Image via Tumblr user Richard McCoy.]