Clarksville Arts Commission requesting proposals for metal sculpture honoring historic Indiana State Prison site


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Clarksville Indiana Arts Commission is looking for ideas for a new metal art installation to commemorate the historic Indiana State Prison.

The prison first opened in Jeffersonville in 1822 on Market Street, but was moved to Clarksville in October 1847. The prison housed both men and women, but became a reformatory for men only in 1873. 

The building suffered a fire in 1921, and was sold to Colgate-Palmolive that same year. Colgate operated the plant until its closure in 2007. 

The Clarksville Arts Commission is now looking for someone to design a pedestrian-scale metal sculpture made from steel bars that were once used for prison cells for inmates.

The art piece will be displayed on Main Street in the newly-revitalized downtown Clarksville.

The budget for the project is $25,000.

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 14. All submissions should be emailed to Ken Conklin at [email protected].

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