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Dresier – Shadows of Meaning

Submitted by UrbanRock Design

Client: Art Spaces

Location: Terre Haute, IN, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team


Jeanine Centuori

UrbanRock Design


Russell Rock

UrbanRock Design

Art Consultant

Mary Kramer

Wabash Valley Art Spaces


This sculpture is in honor of the important American writer, Theodore Dreiser, whose home town is Terre Haute, IN. The complexity of this author’s work is captured with the physicality of his words imprinted onto a sheet of metal. Like a piece of paper and a typewriter carriage, these forms support each other. Dreiser’s words float across the concrete ground as the sun moves across the sky.


The Vigo Library is a fitting site for this sculpture about this influential and controversial writer. The library leadership was keen on capturing the spirit and complexity of Dreiser. The primary goal was to commemorate the richness, complexity, and controversy of his writing. We chose to do that through the representation of his words translated into a form that inspires reflection, thought, and associative meaning.


The process of creating this artwork involved close communication with Art Spaces and the Vigo Library staff. Physical models were used to describe the evolution of the project.