Featured in nationally syndicated publications like Atlas Obscura and Roadside America, Twisted House has garnered a reputation as one of the go-to spots in the city for engagements and picnics alike. Known for being one of the legacy pieces by acclaimed furniture and sculptural artist John McNaughton, the weaving of disparate materials, intimate whimsy, and awe-inspiring interactivity of the cedar wood structure cements McNaughton’s voice as unique and memorable as any of the state’s key creators.
While the Art Center has continually prided itself on its permanent presentation and recognition of McNaughton’s craft since its installation in 2005, it is with these accolades and acknowledgments that we’ve come to ask for your help. Over the past 15 years Twisted House has been on display for free at the Indianapolis Art Center, but through the changing seasons, raging tundras, and everyday wear and tear of several thousand yearly visitors we’ve seen the structure fall victim to its elements.
Though all is not lost, the accumulation of splintered cedar and the loss of such pivotal features like the wooden flowers proves that Twisted House has seen better days.
In order not only repair the accrued damages but reinforce the safety and furthermore protect the monument for years to come, we are pushing ourselves to raise $2,500 by the end of our fiscal year.
Any funds raised beyond the goal will go back to the Art Center, supporting the area of greatest need.
It is with this in mind that we urge you to consider supporting the cause and taking part in the security of both an iconic sculpture and an irreplaceable landmark. Whether you’ve enjoyed an afternoon out in front of it while taking in the beauty of Indy’s Original ArtsPark or merely appreciate the historical significance of local artistry, no donation is too small in this culturally large feat.