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Indy Art Just Got Even Better

Art-inspired basketball courts? Disappearing benches? A ship in the middle of Indianapolis? It’s all happening June 20 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art with the opening of 100 Acres: Virginia Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. This will be one of the nation’s largest art parks and the only one to feature ongoing commissions of site-specific pieces. Best of all, like the IMA, admission to the park will be free!

If you’re like me, you already love going to the IMA and you can’t wait for June 20 to get here. With acres of wetlands, woods and meadows and the White River on its border, this park will be both a natural haven and a cultural hot spot–what a great addition to Indianapolis!

"Funky Bones" at 100 Acres. Photo courtesy Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Get your first glimpse of the park at the public grand opening celebration on June 20, noon-5pm. Events include tours highlighting the park, gardens and architecture, performances by Motus Dance Theatre, JamX and more, art-making workshops and a Summer Solstice program. A special opening “Tip Off” will take place at Free Basket at 1pm.

The art designed specifically for this location promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You will be amazed as you interact with artwork meant to complement its natural settings. Even the visitors pavilion is a piece of art inspired by a deteriorating leaf.

Eight artists are currently commissioned to create the temporary exhibits. Here are just a few of the pieces that will be on display:

-Park of the Laments, (by Alfredo Jaar) a square within the gardens that visitors will enter from an underground tunnel. The sky is the ceiling and the inner walls are covered with native trees and plants.

-Eden II, (by Tea Makipaa) the profile of a ship emerging from a lake with footage of its imagined refugee passengers in a nearby guard house.

-Indianapolis Island, (by Andrea Zittel) a floating island and living art experiment. Two art students will live on the island, interact with visitors, evaluate their daily living needs and share their experiences via blog and Twitter using a PDA.

-Bench Around the Lake, (by Jeppe Hein) a bench that will disappear and reappear in various locations around the lake and will interact with nature.

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