Frog statue
Inspired by Nature

Art of the White River Gardens

Frog sculpture spitting water out of its mouth
Discover Art that Inspires Discovery and Wonder
About the art of the White River Gardens

Striking artwork and design features can be found throughout the White River Gardens, indoors and out. Art complements the plants along the pathways as you stroll through this urban oasis of discovery and wonder for all ages. Look for whimsical touches throughout the garden areas to brighten your spirits, too.

Learn more about some of the featured artwork and striking architectural design elements below:

Earth Stone sculpture

Earth Stone

Eric Ernstberger and Dale Enochs designed a soaring limestone fountain that greets guests with the sights and sounds of nature as they enter the Indianapolis Zoo through the DeHaan Tiergarten.

Vining Mills sculptures with Water Garden in foreground

Vining Mills

Eric Ernstberger and Jan Martin teamed up to build the soaring “Vining Mills” sculptures, inspired by the windmills that have dotted the Indiana landscape for decades. Made from gleaming copper and stainless steel, they also reflect different types of bodies of water in Indiana, from iron-rich lakes to clear, crisp streams.

Concrete brick inset with snail and its trail in relief

Limestone Bricks

Can you find all 100 sculpted limestone bricks in the walls of the White River Gardens? Artist Dale Enochs created captivating relief images of animals, fungi and plants to blend the theme of nature into the stonework that borders the DeHaan Tiergarten. Take your time while strolling through the garden to view this whimsical artistic wonder!

Whimsical ducks sculpture

Bronze Animals

Whimsical frogs, rabbits, birds, turtles and more serve as friendly guides through the DeHaan Tiergarten. These sculptures created by Eric Ernstberger and Jan Martin are sure to bring a smile to your face in any season!

The Four Seasons pedestal and one ball

The Four Seasons

Artist Amy Brier offers a delightful interactive exhibit in the Heritage Garden. Four 14-inch limestone balls each feature a different season in a raised design. Experience the joy of rolling out a seasonal pattern in the pedestal of sand found in the center of the garden!

Conservatory glass art with donor names

Conservatory Glass

Artist Dave McLary brings the beauty of early spring indoors in these etched glass panels that grace the north wall of the Hilbert Conservatory. They can be seen either from inside the Conservatory or inside the Global Center for Species Survival.