100 Acres: Park of the Laments by Alfredo Jaar

100 Acres: Park of the Laments by Alfredo Jaar

Park of the Laments is one of the site-specific artworks located in 100 Acres, the awesome sculpture park in Indianapolis that’s adjacent to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

This artwork is a garden that’s entered through a tunnel and takes the form of a square within a square, constructed out of hard, man-made materials and indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses.

100 Acres: Park of the Laments by Alfredo Jaar

100 Acres: Park of the Laments by Alfredo Jaar

Once in the garden, the visitor is insulated against outside noise. This environment invites quiet contemplation.

100 Acres: Park of the Laments by Alfredo Jaar

100 Acres: Park of the Laments by Alfredo Jaar

100 Acres: Park of the Laments by Alfredo Jaar

The garden is rigidly geometric, and the hard surfaces demarcate areas of the space and contrast with the plantings.

100 Acres: Park of the Laments by Alfredo Jaar

Have I mentioned that 100 Acres is worth a visit? Maybe approximately 100 times? I really enjoy this place.

Other sculptures 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.

4 thoughts on “100 Acres: Park of the Laments by Alfredo Jaar

  1. That’s by far my favorite piece of the sculpture park – it’s incredibly powerful. The design is a negative space war memorial/Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

  2. Aaron, I think I agree with you. Most of the pieces are more light-hearted, and this space is so somber, yet powerful.

    5chw4r7z, 10 minutes?!? That might be enough time to check out one of the pieces, certainly not the whole place. You have to go back sometime!

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