Indiana State Fair fairgoers will see a new addition among the traditional sheep and cattle this year – a big, blue, polka-dotted bison.
Visitors to the fair can see a painted fiberglass bison representing Hamilton County.
It’s part of a larger herd roaming the state with the Bison-tennial Public Art Project, celebrating Indiana’s 200th Statehood Day. The bison statue is made possible by a grant from LINK Advisory Council, the youth council of Legacy Fund, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation.
Two Hamilton County artists from Caravan Classes, a mobile art studio and classroom, painted the bison with 29 polka dots representing the official code used for Hamilton County on license plates and in other places, in addition to iconic symbols of Hamilton County, including the courthouse in Noblesville and high school mascots. Fingerprints from residents will complete the painted mammal.
LINK Advisory Council is comprised of 15 to 20 Hamilton County high school students. Its grant-making is supported by an annual $10,000 grant from Legacy Fund. The bison project is the product of a LINK partnership with Indiana Association of United Ways and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Hamilton County’s bison statue was on display at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds last month and has now rejoined its herd at the Indiana State Fair, on display until Aug. 21.