If you live in the Midwest and haven’t yet visited 100 Acres, the sculpture park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, you’re completely missing out and should add it to your bucket list immediately. The park includes woodlands, wetlands, a meadow, lake, river, and canal, plus numerous installations throughout the grounds, and it’s all free.
Shown here, FLOW: Can You See the River? is a actually city-wide public art project that reveals our connections to the history and ecology of the White River. These 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% chance of happening in any given year.
Numerous oversized red map pins identify important features of the watershed, including wetlands, floodplains, combined sewer outfalls and pollution. There are web- and phone-based activities that allow the audience to experience how water affects day-to-day life.
NYC-based artist Mary Miss has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design and installation art. In her public art projects, she doesn’t so much create something new as highlight and articulate pre-existing conditions.
Other sculptures at 100 Acres include Funky Bones by Atelier Van Lieshout, Team Building (Align) by Team A, Stratum Pier by Kendall Buster, Free Basket by Los Carpinteros, Bench Around the Lake by Jeppe Hein, Eden II by Tea Mäkipää, Chop Stick by visiondivision, and [my favorite!] NOTICE: A Flock of Signs by Kim Beck.