Photo: Races of Mankind

The Ruins, or Races of Man, at Holliday Park in Indianapolis, Indiana Three statues by Karl Bitter are tucked away in a city park in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bitter originally sculpted the Races of Mankind in 1898 for a building in New York City. Sixty years later, when the building was being demolished, the sculptures found their way to Indianapolis. However, they weren’t dedicated as the Ruins in Holliday Park until 1977.
Asian human figure in the Ruins, or Races of Mankind, sculpture in Holliday Park in Indianapolis, Indiana
Why Indiana? I’m not sure. Interestingly, the sculptures are made of limestone. Indiana limestone. (As a Hoosier, I know of no other limestone.) Karl Bitter was not unknown to Indianapolis. He designed the Depew Fountain for another Indianapolis park before his untimely death in 1915.

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