We stayed in Indianapolis, Indiana for 3 nights. That is a long time for us on a road trip. We stayed with our friends and former neighbors. This morning we drove south to Columbus, Indiana. This is a small town, but many artists and architects have done fantastic work here. Our first stop in Columbus was the Visitor’s Center. In the Visitor’s Center, we saw this beautiful glass sculpture.
Dale Chihuly, the famous glass sculptor, created this. It was spectacular, with sun streaming through windows and through the glass. There were other, smaller works of art by Dale Chihuly.
His work is beautiful. There are traveling displays of his work and some permanent displays, such as this one. If you are near some of his glass creations, please stop to take a look. Columbus is known for unusual architecture. There are tours that take humans around town and show different buildings and tell about them. We wanted to take a tour, but we were too late. Next time we will arrive earlier. We purchased a map and drove around town. We did see many things, but next time, the tour for us. Driving through town, following our map, we saw some great buildings and sculptures. North Christian Church, one of 7 National Historic Landmarks in Columbus, was our first photo stop.
Architects used new and unusual designs here in Columbus. North Christian Church was designed by Eero Saarinen, while Dan Kiley was the landscape architect. Our next stop was St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.
The architects were William Browne, Jr and Steven R. Risting. When you visit Columbus, take the tour, buy the map and drive, or walk through the downtown section. Better, yet, do a combination of all three. But, now for the real reason for this road trip and our extended time in Indiana. My friend and former neighbor, Liam, is a senior at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Liam is a very accomplished musician. He is majoring in music composition. We came for his senior recital.
Here, a small group of musicians, are playing one of his compositions. The University of Indiana has a great music program. And as you can, a great pipe organ.
This is the room for Liam’s recital. Liam, the composer, is directing another of his compositions.
Liam attended Denver School of the Arts for high school. During that time, he composed pieces that were performed during the end of year concerts. After this piece, Liam, is recognized by the audience.
I, Zeb the Duck, am so excited to see Liam on the stage again. Liam not only composes, and that means he writes the music for each instrument in the orchestra, but he is an accomplished violin player as well. This piece was not only composed by Liam, but Liam also performed in the orchestra. Since Liam was performing, a guest conductor was invited to lead the orchestra for this piece.
I, Zeb the Duck, am so proud of my friend, Liam. Mom and all the humans are also very proud of Liam. This was a wonderful evening for us. Liam’s parents furnished food after the recital, so there were many there to congratulate Liam and lots of pleasant conversation.
A lovely post Dear Ducks. Those glass sculptures are simply breathtaking. Sounds like a delightful trip. Thank you. All my best and Happy Holidays.
Thanks. Chihuly is incredible. Happy Holidays to you also.
The sculptures are so pretty! So glad you had a nice time!
Thanks. It was a good trip.
How lovely to see Liam perform in person.
It was great to see him. He moved into our neighborhood when he was about 10 or 11 years old. He is a very accomplished musician.