Fusion Sculpture – Gary, Indiana

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The Fusion Sculpture is located at 1 Genesis Center Plaza at the Genesis Convention Center in the City of Gary, Indiana.

Designed by Chicago artist Omri Amrany, the three-story monument (27′ x 32′ x 20′) was created for the Centennial Celebration of Gary, Indiana. Amrany also created the statue of Michael Jordan outside Chicago’s United Center and he’s done statues at Yankee Stadium in New York.

The title of the piece “Fusion” represents the multitude of ethnic groups (a melting pot) that came together to build Gary in the 20th century. In 1906, J.P. Morgan who served on the board of directors of U.S. Steel Corp founded what would be the town of Gary when he purchased 12,000 acres of duneland near the southern tip of Lake Michigan.

The monument, meant to symbolize Gary Indiana’s rebirth, is a mix of bronze, granite, glass and steel. Its pieces include a 60,000-pound ladle used in the Gary Works steel mill, two 9-foot tall white bronze steel workers, 50 pieces of cast glass flames, and several granite butterflies representing the cultures from around the world.

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The Fusion sculpture was dedicated on July 14, 2006. One visitor described the monument with the phrase “liquid iron flows upwards to the sky with fairies exploding out of the stream.”

Several years after the $650,000 downtown monument was unveiled, chunks of the black granite have fallen off the wings of the butterfly in the “Fusion” sculpture.

The granite wings on the sculpture first began cracking in 2007. Sculptor Omri Amrany “expressed his intent” to travel to Gary and repair it at no cost.

Genesis Convention Center
1 Genesis Center Plaza
Gary, IN 46402

Fusion Sculpture (Video)
Convention Center (Webpage)
Convention Center (Webpage)

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