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The Light Fantastic

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Last Friday, Kristopher Owens stood in front the attentive crowd at the Harrison Center for the Arts and made the case that a few LEDs and a lot of volunteer energy can transform the dreary underpasses of Indianapolis' urban core. His idea, "Overwhelming Underpass," is certainly not the first to focus on activating the large swaths of car-side concrete with public art. And it's not the first time Indianapolis will see an enclosed space brightened by an assortment of lights.

Kristopher Owens' inspiration photos helped the 5x5 audience and judges understand his plans for turning underused overpasses into surprising urban art. - COURTESY HARRISON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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  • Kristopher Owens' inspiration photos helped the 5x5 audience and judges understand his plans for turning underused overpasses into surprising urban art.

But it's an idea that the 5X5: Indianapolis Arts and Innovation Prize's judges found compelling. The panel included Ryan Puckett of Two-21, LLC, Morgan Greenlee of VisitIndy, Alyssa Starr Newerth of Indy Reads, Chris Herndon of Leadership Indianapolis, Bill Brooks of Urban Times, Heather Hall of Sun King Brewery and one vote for the collective audience winner. As the winner, Owens was given a $10,000 prize which will be used to transform the I-65 underpass at Alabama and 11th streets on the city's Old Northside.

The next 5x5 event -- the final one for 2014 -- will be hosted by Indy Hub on Oct. 30 at the Dallara IndyCar Factory.

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