There are a few things that I define as “quintessential Indianapolis.” The Indianapolis 500 is probably at the top of the list, but I’d put the Circle of Lights as a close second. Each November, the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is transformed into a giant Christmas tree named the Circle of Lights. The monument is arguably Indianapolis’ architectural icon and Circle of Lights calls attention to this important landmark which builds community identity.
Each year, seeing the Monument lit for the first time instantly puts me in the holiday spirit. I can’t help but smile when I see the lights – visible from even I-70 and I-65. It is a joy to photograph at night. Here’s a collection of some of my Circle of Lights photographs from the past few years.