The Hoosier Spirit is one of a kind. One year ago today, tragedy struck our fair. The events of Aug. 13, 2011, broke the hearts of Hoosiers everywhere, and we still ache for those who were forever changed. We will never forget those precious lives that were lost.
We also will never forget the tremendous display of strength and compassion that emerged following that moment. From the courage of the first responders to the generosity of the people near and far who supported the relief effort, we are inspired and humbled by the spirit of these caring people. This is the Hoosier Spirit, and we are proud.
Herron School of Art student Jamie Dickerson captured the essence of the Hoosier Spirit in a sculpture that is now on display at the fairgrounds. This symbolic work of art honors Hoosiers everywhere.
It consists of three wooden pieces made with home-grown Indiana hardwood that imitate the texture and coloring of Indiana cornhusks. The husks appear to grow and twist into stylized shelters as they curve toward the sky, each with an opening that invites viewers to walk into the sculpture. It represents the strength of the Hoosier Spirit by celebrating one of Indiana’s vital resources – corn – which is one of the most productive and versatile crops in the world.
(To view an in-depth interview with Jamie, click here)