Marriott Place Indianapolis, according to primary developer White Lodging, will become a landmark and a lasting gift to the city. “From the beginning, we have been driven by a desire to positively impact Indianapolis by contributing to the beauty of the city,” says Bruce White, chairman and CEO of White Lodging.

Starting with intergrally colored concrete with an exposed sand matrix finish, this plaza has a high-quality finish, fitting its illustrious surroundings. Monstrous foundations and a network of utilities servicing four area hotels are hidden beneath. The custom-formed concrete walls and intricate concrete stairs—all with embedded lights—elegantly carry out the plaza’s “Proud to be a Hoosier” theme.

Designed by Indianapolis-based artist Jeff Laramore, the artwork in the plaza pays tribute to Indiana. The signature art is a stylized sculpture, more than 35 feet high and 50 feet long, representing a cardinal—Indiana’s state bird. When seen from above, the cardinal appears to be perched on a tulip tree branch, Indiana’s state tree, an effect envisioned by local landscape architecture firm Landstory.