Isamu Noguchi may possibly be one of La Porte’s greatest success stories, and at the same time, one of its least talked about. Isamu (aka Sam Gilmore) came to the area at the young age of 14 in the early 1910s. Through the hospitality of three La Porte families, and the natural talents he possessed, he would go on to become one of the most influential sculptors and designers of the 20th century. One can look at the mid-century modern lines of furniture that he created for Herman-Miller and know the impact he had, as these works of his are still highly sought after.
The La Porte County Public Library is lucky enough to have a beautiful mural on display at our Main Library. The artwork by @Dave Blodgett-2019 depicts a colorful history of Isamu during his years in the La Porte area and beyond. Thanks to a dedicated group of Noguchi enthusiasts, there is a wonderful brochure that is available to guide you through his life and works on the mural.
Stop into the Main Library today to learn about this famous resident who spent his younger years here is the La Porte County area. For more information on this artwork and the other artwork that hangs in any of our locations, please contact 219-362-6156.