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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

IMA's 100 Acre Park

   It looked to be a beautiful weekend. The heat had subsided, the humidity was low, and no rain in sight. We decided it was a perfect day to take our four-legged "son" for a hike.

   I suggested the Indianapolis Museum of Art's 100 Acre Park. I had seen it advertised and thought it'd be fun and interesting. "Let's make an afternoon of it. I'll pack us a picnic lunch," I said. Don and Tucker agreed.
   We loaded up the truck, plugged the address into the trucks GPS and off we went.

   An hour later and we were back at the IUPUI campus for the third time. Obviously our GPS didn't know the difference between Michigan Street and Michigan Road. Tucker was getting restless and Don was getting impatient. He even insinuated that the 100 Acre Park must be a figment of my imagination. But I was adamant. I knew I'd seen it on tv and in the newspaper.
   Ding, ding, ding, ding. The light bulb over my head goes on. I have an idea.
   I punched the IMA's address into the Mapquest app on my iPhone and wha-la, we're not any where near our destination. I turn on the speaker and off we go, again (through some of the grittier parts of town, but hey, it's the fastest route).
   We arrived! We pile out. Don puts on his day pack and puts Tucker on his leash. I don my fanny pack and the hike commences.

   The park opened in June 2010. There are perhaps a dozen different artworks scattered within the park perimeters. Some functional, some whimsical, all are pleasurable.

   There is Indy Island, a fully inhabitable experimental living structure. Residents customize the interior to suit their anticipated needs, then test their hypothesis by inhabiting the island in the Summer.

   Bench Around the Lake is a series of 15 vivid yellow benches placed in different areas of the park. We got the biggest kick out of this one. Looks like Mother Nature dropped a boulder on it! HaHa! Glad we weren't sitting there when it happened!

   There are two exhibits in The Meadow that the children really seem to enjoy. Funky Bones, a group of 20 "bones" that depict a giant human skeleton, and Chop Stick, a tree branch-like formation with tables, swings and a concession stand.

    Free Basket is a hit with the older kids. They can bring their basketballs and make up their own version of the game on this atypical court.

   I found the Eden II intriguing. A large, imposing ship emerging from the depths of 100 Acres Lake.

   This marks the entry way to Park of the Laments. A square within a square composed of flowers, shrubs and trees. There are limestone benches to sit upon for moments of quiet contemplation.

    On the Mall is a widely recognized work of art. The LOVE sculpture. This is the spot our youngest daughter and son-in-law chose to have their engagement photos taken. Fitting, don't you think?

    This is only a small selection of the art on display here. There's also the Lily House with it's beautiful formal gardens and Allee. The Greenhouse Shop, the Waller Bridge, the Marsh Cove and the Wetlands. Over 3 miles of pathways to stroll.

    We had a very pleasant afternoon. We'll be back. I'll bet this park is just gorgeous in the Fall.

   Here's looking at you kid......................


Judy and Emma said...

What an interesting park!

Sue and Doug said...

what a great park..glad that you 'all' got to go out and enjoy it..once you found it!

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