BROWNSBURG — An unfortunate graffiti tagging at the Broad Ripple Jiffy Lube has sparked an initiative to bring art into local communities and support artists’ skill with a program called “Every Part Matters.”
The company began working with Department of Public Words (a local non-profit) and later, the Arts Council of Indianapolis to design various artwork on the blank sides of their buildings.
The Brownsburg piece, recently completed, was the product of Barb Stahl, the same artist who completed the mural at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“I had no idea so much public art was around Indianapolis," said Lonnie Hinkle, Jiffy Lube Indiana COO. "It’s hiding in plain sight and it's great to support the people behind it.”
The artwork at the Brownsburg store is significant in that it displays the old and new of Brownsburg. A town that, Hinkle said, has seen a lot of changes recently.
In the piece, a photographer has developed older photos featuring the old St. Malachy building, an old train and more, while the photos he’s developing now display the new buildings currently under construction and future projects.
“I hope it’s just a conversation piece, that it gets people talking,” Hinkle said.
There are seven completed works on Jiffy Lubes in and around Indianapolis, with another half dozen to be added in 2019.
Jiffy Lube maintains a “Growing People Through Work” program, hoping to support employees, their communities and in this instance, watching local artists grow.
“At Jiffy Lube, we hire from all walks of life," Hinkle said. "We know this may not be a career for some employees, but if we’ve made people better as they leave here, we’re happy campers.”
Stop by the Brownsburg location at 1280 N. Green Street to see the most recent addition to Jiffy Lubes' community art projects.