(BLOOMINGTON) – The Northwest YMCA of Monroe County is the recipient of a sculpture donated by the Mary Morgan Oliver Foundation.
Established in 2007, the foundation helps make health and wellness facilities in Monroe County more aesthetically appealing through art, music, gardens, and other creative installations.
Bill and Kathleen Oliver worked with Jason Winkle, CEO of Monroe County YMCA, to select the sculpture now displayed near the Northwest Y entrance. The “Stride” sculpture was created by local artist Dale Enochs, who creates sculptures from Indiana limestone. Enochs’ pieces are featured worldwide – from the Zhejiang Museum of Art in China to the private collections of Sir Paul McCartney – which is a testament to his talent.
“The hilltop site at the Northwest YMCA always struck me as the perfect spot for a large sculpture,” said Bill Oliver. “Kathleen and I are thrilled with the piece Dale Enochs created. My mother would have loved it!”
The figure is intended to speak to the ideas of a healthy spirit, mind, and body, which are part of the Y’s mission. It is a stylized image moving forward, resolute and positive. The figure is composed of four layers of water jet cut aluminum. The central interior layers of the figure are coated in the five colors used within the Y logo, and the finished interior of the perforated figure contains three words prominent in the Y’s philosophy: “mind, body, and spirit.”
“We are honored Bill and Kathleen Oliver chose the Northwest Y as the location for the sculpture,” said Jason Winkle, CEO of the Monroe County YMCA. “We are thrilled to be gifted such a powerful piece of art Y members and guests can enjoy.”
A formal dedication of the sculpture will take place in the early spring of 2020 at the Northwest Y. Event details will be released in the coming weeks.
About the Mary Morgan Oliver Foundation
The Mary Morgan Oliver Foundation was started in 2007 by the Olivers of Oliver Winery as a tribute to the late Mary Oliver, Bill and Kathleen Oliver’s mother and mother-in-law. Mary dedicated much of her life to advancing health care in Bloomington. The mission of the foundation is to help make the health care community more aesthetically appealing through art, music, gardens and other creative installations that enhance health care facilities in Monroe County. In 2007, the Foundation’s first gift was a 180-gallon tropical fish tank to Bloomington Hospital’s Patient Experience in the surgery waiting area.
About the Monroe County YMCA
At the Monroe County YMCA, strengthening communities is our cause through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to help build a healthier Monroe County. As one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, the Y helps empower men, women, and children – regardless of age, income or background– nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. We strive to give the people of Monroe County everything they need to stay strong, to grow, and to thrive. www.monroecountyymca.org