Downtown residents, employees and visitors will see Indy’s Signature Salute nightly at dusk, 365 days a year. (Timing will be adjusted when seasons change.) The five-minute program will bask the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument in red, white and blue with a synchronized original score from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra written by Emmy-Award winner John Colby. Video and light projections featuring images of historic significance will unfold across the surrounding building facades, and statues on the Monument will be illuminated. As the music crescendos, four beams of light will soar skyward from each quadrant illuminating Lady Victory, signaling Indianapolis as the Crossroads of America.
Join us for Arts & Culture events on the Circle throughout the year as we partner with local leaders in our city. From the Arts Council of Indianapolis to GANGGANG, you're sure to find an event that piques your interest.
These events are made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc.'s $7.6 million Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation grant, with the hope of infusing more art and culture into our city.
Monument Circle History
Monument Circle, referred locally as “The Circle,” is Indiana’s most recognizable and identifiable public space – a unique site that has earned local, national and global recognition. Throughout its history, Monument Circle has served as a crossroads of connection where individuals gather to celebrate, to speak out, to socialize, to inspire and to dream.
At The Circle’s center is the 120-year-old Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument, owned by the State of Indiana and managed by the Indiana War Memorials Commission. Frequented by more than 1.5 million visitors each year, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument is an architectural gem, steep in rich history. The famed Monument is the first monument dedicated to the common soldier, paying tribute to the Hoosiers who served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Frontier Wars and the Spanish-American War. Atop the Monument sits its crowning figure, “Victory.” Standing only 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty, this remarkable Monument has come to symbolize the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. In August 2017, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument was named a National Historic Landmark.
The Monument is encompassed by cultural and religious institutions including the world-class Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, corporate headquarters for international leaders in communications and utilities and retail.