The Evan Lurie Gallery is closing in the Arts and Design District, but the Brickhead Human sculpture that has stood outside its doors for a decade is here to stay.
The city of Carmel purchased the sculpture from New York artist James Tyler, who had entrusted the piece to the gallery. The Carmel Public Works Council approved the $ 20,000 purchase at its August 18 meeting.
“I didn’t want this to go away,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said. “It’s a staple in the Art & Design District.”
BPW’s vote came after Carmel’s Public Art Advisory Board expressed support for the purchase at its July meeting.
“It was very popular. It’s a photo op for people when they’re on Main Street in downtown Carmel, ”said committee co-chair Julia Saltsgaver. “This is something that I think Carmel has become known for.”
Saltsgaver said committee members were unanimous in supporting the coin’s purchase, and most believed it was in the right place, at least for now. She said they left the door open to move it in the future, depending on the future uses of the building and its surroundings.
According to documents submitted to the city, the original price of the ceramic brick sculpture was $ 35,000 and its current value is $ 40,000.
The Evan Lurie Gallery opened at 30 W. Main St. in 2007. Earlier this year, Lurie announced that it would be closing the gallery primarily due to business losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.