Bench Around the Lake
Bench Around the Lake is a series of 15 vivid yellow benches that interact with specific sites within 100 Acres and along the bordering bank of the White River. Hein envisions the installation as one long bench that emerges from the ground, twists, turns and submerges again, forming a circuit around the Park’s 35-acre lake. The work challenges the assumption that a bench is made for passive sitting, encouraging visitors to explore less frequented areas of the Park and providing opportunities to sit, look, listen, interact and play.
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Chop Stick, created by the Swedish architecture duo visiondivision, provides visitors to 100 Acres a place to sit, swing, and enjoy refreshments in an outdoor pavilion crafted almost entirely from a single tree. The 100-foot-tall tulip tree—the state tree of Indiana—was found in a forest near Anderson, Indiana, and transported to 100 Acres with a large portion of its limbs intact. The design for Chop Stick revolves around the architects’ ambition to harvest a material as gently and thoughtfully as possible.
A few fun facts about the work:
The tree weighs more than 6 tons
The bark from the tree was removed and kiln-dried to create the shingles that cover the concession stand
Slices from the base of the tree trunk form the tops of the tables
Quoted from: www.imamuseum.org/visit/100acres/artworks-projects/flow/chop-stick
Cool Books, Food For Thought.
Like a children’s book illustration, imagine the magic visitors will experience when they approach a stunningly crafted, wood refrigerator in the corridor off of the lobby of the museum. When they open the door, the light goes on illuminating the possibilities of books they can read.
A refrigerator may be the most often used item in people’s homes. It’s welcoming and draws one to it. It spontaneously inspires use, encourages togetherness and leads to good health.
It’s accessible art with an ulterior motive, feed your mind and heart, read a book.
A large foreboding ship emerging from the 100 Acres lake and a guard house on the shore nearby comprise Eden II. An unexpected sight in the idyllic 100 Acres environment, Eden II is a modern ark seemingly filled with human passengers from an unknown homeland. The guard house offers views of the ship from its deck, and surveillance monitors in its interior display footage of Eden II’s passengers, imagined as refugees displaced by rising sea levels and the ecological impact of climate change. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, courtesy of the Artist.
Quoted from: www.imamuseum.org/visit/100acres/artworks-projects/eden-ii
FLOW: Can you see the river?
Conceived by artist Mary Miss, FLOW: Can You See the River? is a city-wide public art project that reveals how ordinary activities are connected to the history, ecology, origin and potential of the White River water system. From http://www.imamuseum.org/visit/100acres/artworks-projects/flow See also:
The project appears along a six-mile stretch of the river, with stopping points located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, and along the Central Canal at Butler University and continuing to White River State Park downtown. Mirror markers and oversized red map pins identify important features of the watershed, including wetlands, floodplains, combined sewer outfalls and pollution. In 100 Acres, red tree bands mark the level of what was once referred to as a 100-year flood, or what hydrologists consider a flood that has a 1 percent chance of happening in any year.
FLOW: Can You See the River? was commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, with concurrent activities facilitated by EcoArts Connections and more than 20 leading Indianapolis arts, science, environment, and municipal organizations and agencies. A series of activities and easily accessible web- and phone-based technologies allow you to experience how water affects your everyday life.
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Free Basket is located outside the boundary of the 100 Acres park on city property. The parking loop surrounding the artwork is situated just south of the Lake and west of the museum. The artwork can be accessed by means of the IWC Canal Greenway (Central Canal Trail), W 38th Street, and the 100 Acres Park walkway. Free Basket is a site-specific work consisting of twenty-four red- or blue-painted steel tubular arches that mimic the trajectory of two bouncing basketballs. The arches travel throughout the court and are of varying heights and span widths. Two of the arches (one red and one blue) are capped at midpoint, each with their own basketball backboard fashioned with: backboard, metal rim, and nylon net. The steel arches have been mounted on a level, rectangular concrete surface that is size of an international basketball court, where they have been filled and secured with concrete cement. The concrete court has been surfaced with Rhino Guard® colored plastic and has been painted to the standards of an international basketball court. The primary court color is yellow, the “goal lines” are painted white, and sections of black and green flank both sides of the court, and a black border surrounds entire court. There are also built-in lighting systems that have been sunk into the court at various locations so that the structure may be illuminated. From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Basket
Containing soaring blue and red steel arcs, this sculpture makes the apparent the trajectory of a bouncing ball. Free Basket juxtaposes the practical and the imaginary, drawing on the form of an international basketball court, and turning it into an aesthetically surprising sculpture that offers the community a place to play. In developing their project, Los Carpinteros focused on the prominence of basketball in Indiana, bringing together art, culture and sports, and developing an iconic project for the city of Indianapolis. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Griffith Foundation Gift, in memory of Melvin Simon.
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Located in 100 Acres’ central meadow, Funky Bones is a group of 20 fiberglass benches emblazoned with depictions of bones that together take the form an enormous, stylized human skeleton. The project draws on artist Joep Van Lieshout’s interest in the body, as well as in pre-history and relics.With the bones emerging from the ground like archeologically revealed specimens the work reveals itself progressively upon approach. Funky Bones is designed to a site for resting, climbing, and picnicking. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
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About 20 feet in diameter, Indy Island is a fully inhabitable experimental living structure that examines the daily needs of contemporary human beings. Each summer, the island will be occupied by one or two commissioned residents. They will collaborate with Zittel by adapting and modifying the island’s structure according to their individual needs. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Artist and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.
Zittel’s statement about her project: http://artforum.com/words/id=25893
LOVE is an artwork by American artist Robert Indiana, located at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. It was created in 1970 as the first sculptural form of the artist’s famous LOVE painting and has been on continuous exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art since it was acquired in 1975. In 2017 the artwork was moved from its outdoor location indoors to enhance its preservation.
The sculpture is based on the artist’s original 1965 Christmas card design for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The capital letters of the word “love” are arranged in a 2×2 square, LO atop VE, and the O tilted to align with the diagonal of the square. MoMA’s commission for the card came one year after Indiana had designed similar Christmas cards for close friends.
Although the word “love” had significance in the cultural context of the 1960s, Indiana traces his infatuation with the word to Christian Science church services he experienced as a child in Indianapolis. He was impressed by a small plaque over the reader’s platform bearing the inscription “God Is Love,” and he indicated that he wanted the word to be understood spiritually.
The IMA’s LOVE is the original sculptural rendition of the design. Many other versions have been made and are displayed worldwide, including editions in Hebrew,Chinese, Italian, and Spanish.
Before its permanent move to Indianapolis in 1975, the sculpture was originally installed on the main plaza at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1970 for the opening of the museum’s current building. It then spent nearly a year displayed on City Hall Plaza in Boston before being loaned to New York City, where it was exhibited in Central Park for the 1971 holiday season. Upon the artwork’s return to Indianapolis in 1972, it was showcased for several months in front of the Indiana National Bank building and later appeared for a short time on the mall behind Eli Lilly and Company’s administration building.
The artist, Robert Indiana, was born in New Castle, Indiana and lived in a variety of locations in Central Indiana including Indianapolis. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School and moved from the state to join the military, then pursued his artistic career in New York City. In 1969 he rented a floor in a building on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine, to use as a fall-season studio; he moved to the island permanently in 1978. He passed away in 2018.
Noon is one of a series of 14 glass murals commissioned for the concourses at Indianapolis International Airport. For eight of the murals, the artist was inspired by the colors of the Indiana landscape at different times of the day and different seasons of the year. He created abstract imagery to communicate his perceptions in hopes that they would remind departing visitors of what they had experienced and welcome returning residents back home.
This mural is located on Concourse A.
Park of the Laments
The form of Park of the Laments is a square within a square, one rigid and made of limestone-filled Gabion baskets, the other soft and organic, made of indigenous, trees and shrubs. Visitors enter the work via an underground tunnel. Moving towards the light, they climb stairs that lead them above ground into the center of the park. Visitors are invited to occupy this quiet contemplative space, which Jaar describes as a refuge, a place for lamentation and purging the global atrocities of the 20th and 21st centuries. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Lelong, New York.
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Play Station is a mobile library for children. Play Station is constructed of 3 icons of childhood play—a Radio Flyer Red Wagon, Legos, and a Chalkboard. Constructed from bright primary colors,Play Station is inviting and playful and can easily take a child’s mind off their circumstances for a short while. Approximately 36 ” x 17 ” x 48?, the entire library is constructed on an actual Radio Flyer Wagon as its base. The portion of the bookcase holding the books is covered in Legos and allows children to use the actual bookcase as a plate to build directly onto the actual bookcase as they play. The backside of the library is a chalkboard and serves as a drawing and writing surface for the children. The bottom of the library contains 3 baskets, which hold extra Legos to use on the actual bookcase, as well as chalk and other art supplies. The top two shelves of the library contain the actual books.
Stratum Pier consists of a series of organically shaped and layered platforms at the water’s edge that provides a vantage for observing 100 Acres’ expansive 35-acre lake and woodlands. The design of the emerald green fiberglass and steel structure suggest a topographical map with stacked layers that merge with the environment and appear to be an extrusion from the shoreline. Terracing and curved edges reference the natural processes of erosion and layered growth. Sponsored by the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate.
From http://www.imamuseum.org/visit/100acres/artworks-projects/stratum-pier Images from imamuseum.org
Team Building (Align)
Team Building (Align) is constructed of two 30 foot-wide metal rings suspended from telephone poles and trees, oriented so that their shadows become one during the annual summer solstice. Elements of this installation were determined in collaboration with a team of IMA staff members who worked with the artist collective over a two-year period on an experiential education performance. From conversations about art to rigorous challenges courses, Type A and the IMA team collaborated to develop a sculptural form that could metaphorically convey the complexity of their collaboration. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Artists and Robert Goff Gallery, New York.
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