The Tent - CODAworx

Client: The Indy 500 Festival

Location: Indianapolis, IN, United States

Completion date: 2008

Project Team


Donald Lipski

Project Manager

John Grant

Public Art Services


In 2008 artist Donald Lipski’s design for The Tent was completed and installed in a plaza space in White River State Park that connects to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. This wind activated tower is comprised of two torqued panels covered in nearly 500 hinged “flags” that come together to create a tower of painted color on the exterior and mirror polished stainless steel on the interior. The movement of the wind becomes visible as the panels move and the 23 bright colors scattered throughout the work flicker in the sunlight. In the evening interior lights cause pixilation as the panels alternately are lit and then go dark, as the interior mirror polished panels cast reflections of light across the plaza. The work measures 43’ x 16’ x 10’ and is constructed of stainless steel.


The Tent was commissioned to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Indy 500 Festival.