About the Statue
The Captain Kathryn Janeway character was largely created by Jeri Taylor, a writer and executive producer for Star Trek: The Next Generation, and a creator of Star Trek: Voyager. An alumna of Indiana University, Taylor spent her formative years in Bloomington and paid homage to her hometown by making it the birthplace of her character. The IU Lilly Library holds a collection of her writings and documents, including the brainstorming notes that led to the creation of the character we came to know as Captain Janeway, made popular by her portrayal by actress Kate Mulgrew.
The statue consists of a sculpted bronze bust that stands atop a carved limestone base with a commemorative steel plaque and the Federation of Planets logo sculpted into the back of the base. It is accompanied by a hand impression of the Vulcan salutation, and a graphic table with information about the character Captain Kathryn Janeway, writer Jeri Taylor, actress Kate Mulgrew, and the TV show series Star Trek: Voyager.
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The Captain Kathryn Janeway Statue is located on the B-Line trail in beautiful downtown Bloomington Indiana and was publicly unveiled on October 24th, 2020. It resides next to the Wonder Lab Museum of Science, Health & Technology, between 4th St and Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington is the future birthplace of Captain Kathryn Janeway, set to happen in the not too distant future, on May 20th, 2336.
In late 2019 the project launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for the creation, installation, and continued maintenance of the statue, and began to seek artisans to create the monument itself. The funds were raised through individual donations via a successful crowdfunding campaign on Patronicity, as well as a matching grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatING Places program, and a grant from Indiana University. This project would not have been accomplished without the support from these donors. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our goal.
The Captain Kathryn Janeway Statue was fabricated and collaborated on by many talented artists, skilled tradespeople and local businesses. The portrait bust was sculpted in clay by artist Aaron Eby. The bronze bust was molded and cast at Sincerus Bronze. The pedestal and base were cut from locally-sourced limestone by Accent Limestone. The concrete pad was dug out and poured by INcounter Concrete. The plaque was CAD-rendered by Peter Berterrman and CNC-cut by Poynter Sheet Metal. The informational table was fabricated and printed by Everywhere Signs. The project management, and communication with each contractor was coordinated by Cyclops Studios, who additionally provided the patina/metal finishing work. On October 5th, 2020 the statue and info-table were installed, concealed, and fenced off, by Cyclops Studios, until the unveiling a couple weeks later.
After the unveiling, the project members developed a plan, and became an independent Business Entity. Now known as The Janeway Collective, an established 501(c)3 non-profit.