Arthur Kraft 1960 Indianapolis Glendale Shopping Center Penguins Sculpture

Commissioned by Victor Gruen, architect of the Glendale Shopping Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Arthur Kraft sculpture was installed in 1960 and dedicated on October 12, 1960.

The sculpture portrays three golden, stylized penguins with their flippers spread standing around a silver ball, facing inwards. The three unsigned polished bronze penguins dimensions are overall approximately 51 x 72 x 58 in. with the tallest penguin being approximately 51 x 30 x 33 in. (350 lbs.).

The shopping center was enclosed in the 1970s to become the Glendale Mall, situating the Arthur Kraft sculpture indoors at that time.

Penguins at the Glendale Mall, 2005

In 2008, after nearly 50 years of serving the Indianapolis community, Glendale Mall was completely redesigned. To commemorate the new Glendale Town Center’s expansive makeover and grand reopening, Indianapolis design company, Sandpaper Studio was commissioned to create a new environment for the penguin area.

The grand reopening occurred on July 26, 2008 and featured a snow canopy over the penguin statues, iceberg blocks and a mix of playful and historic images from Glendale’s past, the space created an environment that celebrated the Center’s historical community presence and its purpose in the future.

“Designers can make a social difference with local projects,” states Torrey Dawley, owner of Sandpaper Studio, “and we are really excited to be creating a new home for the penguins where they serve as symbols of community for another generation.”

Current location at the Glendale Town Center lower level Library entrance


From the Glendale Town Center website:

The Legends Live On at Glendale Town Center.
With the help of our wonderful sponsors, Glendale Town Center boasts a new home for Wynkin, Blynkin and Nod, Indianapolis’ adventurous penguin trio! The statues were originally created as a gift to the first opening of Glendale Mall nearly 50 years ago, and have since become symbols of our incredible community. Kids of all ages will enjoy the experience, so swing by for a visit! The Legends Live On area is open the hours of the Library and is located on the lower level at the Library entrance.

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3 thoughts on “Arthur Kraft 1960 Indianapolis Glendale Shopping Center Penguins Sculpture

  1. Jerry says:

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  2. Jay Stokke says:

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  3. Evan Finch says:

    Looks like there was a set of identical penguins at the Randhurst mall (also designed by Victor Gruen and Associates) in the Chicago suburbs:

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