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100 Acres at IMA

Last weekend, B.B. and I decided to go to the 100 Acres at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It’s basically a walking park with art pieces displayed in various places. Some people bike to the park, have picnics, fish (but you are not allowed to use live bait) or just walk around. B.B. and I decided to go for a little hike around the lake. At one point, the path narrows and you feel a bit like a little forest elf walking through the woods.

Ring the bell here

There is a large lake in the middle of the park with a small man-made floating island. It kind of looks like an igloo from shore. There are a couple of art students who are “island residents”. The Indianapolis Art Museum commissioned an art student named Andrea Zittel to create the floating island. One purpose of the island is to examine the daily needs of contemporary human beings.

About the island

Currently, two other art students (Jessica Dunn and Michael Runge) reside there and it sounds like they will be there for the next 4 summers. Apparently, if the flag is seen flying on the island, you can ring the bell from shore and have someone come and take you to the island for a visit. They invite visitors to make a small trade with them. From what I’ve seen on their blog, people have been trading objects like a coin, a granola bar, a stapler remover, and even fuzzy dice. (It kind of reminds me of the red paper clip story). You can leave the residents floating messages. I think that this is a very interesting piece of interactive art. I would like to go back another time to see if we can go and visit. I’ll try to bring something from home. 

As we were walking back to the car, a huge tree branch fell out of the tree that we had just walked under. It was quite startling. If we had been 10 seconds slower, I would have been swallowing leaves and twigs. This is kind of a hazard in Indiana, getting struck down by tree limbs that break loose during wind storms. Anyway, here’s the picture of the tree branch that fell:


Watch out for falling branches!