Views Around the Indianapolis Convention Center
July 22-27, 2003
I work for Looney Labs, a fabulous
company that designs and publishes really fun card and board games. This
means I attend approximately 6 gaming conventions and trade shows a year.
GenCon, one of the largest gaming conventions in the US, is now held in
I liked last
month's Origins better for the Con and Rabbit
community and the Big
Experiment, but I really liked what I saw of Indianapolis ... everyone
was impressed. Beautiful mix of high-quality old and new architecture,
almost cosmopolitan. Who knew?!
Here are some views I captured, all within a few blocks of the Convention
Center and the nearby Hyatt (where we stayed). Click to see more:
(68k, 56k & 44k)
Artsgarden - This glassy structure is propped above the intersection
of Washington and Illinois streets. Linked above are views from our Hyatt
window, approaching from the street, and standing underneath the Artsgarden.
Also, here's an interactive panoramic
photo of the inside you can explore.
(24k, 32k & 28k)
Notable fixtures - The first above is an unidentified
statue also visible from our hotel window. Second is a representative
streetlight for the area, with some kind of interesting apparatus I surmise
is used to conveniently lower the fixture when the bulb needs changing.
Last above is one of several crystalline-like lights which illuminate
the park next to the Hyatt.
(48k, 44k, 44k & 20k)
General views - The clock appears on a block of attractive
buildings (I pieced it together from three photos; it's not usually got
the angular feel). Next is a street scene with one of many above-ground
walkways connecting buildings. Third is one corner of the pretty Convention
Center (the RCA dome in back). Last is a blurry & unidentified
angular building with dots of blue lights.
(40k, 40k, 48k & 48k)
Eagle's Nest - Atop the dramatically-lit Hyatt (pictured
left) is this rotating restaurant outlined in double blue neon. We ate
a tasty meal there one evening and like a merry-go-round, just the floor
rotates while the walls remain stationary. The center photos are through
the windows, the first showing reflections of the blue neon, then the
nearby State Capitol building. A park near the Capitol appears last.
(116k & 72k)
Theatre - The animated gif links to both day and night views
of this beautiful theatre, taken (again) from our hotel window. GenCon
hosted a party in one of the theatre's large rentable rooms, which I found
rather ineligantly decorated. The tiled entrance was nice.
(44k, 48k & 52k)
Neon at Maryland Street - A building housing Einstein
Bros. Bagels sported nifty neon-like decorations. I'm not sure if it was
genuine neon or what, but the fanciful animals, birds and insects were
fun.(Russell - watch out for the spanking hand!) The nearby corner cinema
sported purple neon.
(56k, 56k, 60k & 44k)
Neon elsewhere - Goodman Jewelers must be out of business,
and I'm fairly certain the once-lovely neon will soon disappear (the storefront
was walled off for gutting). I sure would love to get my hands on the
word JEWELERS for the font alone. Next is a restaurant just down the block,
sporting not only glass bricks but metal filigree visible in the lower
right corner. The last two images are from the Trackside off-track betting