Glass and the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial

Last fall I had the opportunity to go to New York City and visit the Museum of Modern Art, lovingly known as MoMa. One of the most striking takeaways about MoMa and NYC together, was how aware I became of the fact that everything seems to copy an original piece of art or architecture. Art in all forms copies nature at some level, but those of us who are starving for design in our homes often draw inspiration from the art and architecture around us. Indianapolis is a great place to find statues and monuments as art to imitate in your home. As a matter of fact, Indy is second only to Washington D.C. in the number of monuments in one city!

One piece in Indianapolis that might inspire great home design is the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial. Located on the north bank of the Canal in White River State Park, the Medal of Honor Memorial is a symphony of glass, light, and sound that celebrate the valor of its recipients. The inspiration for the monument was received after the chairman of Indianapolis Power and Light read an article in the New York Times that was written to celebrate the distinction known as Medal of Honor heroes. IPALCO later learned that there was no monument in the US in honor of these courageous individuals.  Moved by the valor of these war heroes and their story, they decided to begin the work that has left Indy with this gorgeous glass monument to enjoy for years to come.


Comprised of 27 curved glass walls, each between 7 and 10 feet tall, the panels are arranged into 15 walls. Each glass wall represents the war conflict in which the Medal of Honor was received.  To visit the memorial at dusk is the greatest pleasure. At that time of day an audio and light presentation accompanies the beautiful glass work of art. Playing on each of your senses, the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial is a monument worthy of the men and women it represents. This is the type of unique dignity we at Glass Express like to bring to each of our custom glass projects. So if you’re considering a custom divider wall, shower enclosure, or glass tabletop give us a call, and we’ll create inspired pieces together.