The former gravel pit just west of the Indianapolis Museum of Art has come a long way, baby.
It's now home to 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, one of the largest museum art parks in the United States.
As you take a stroll around the 35-acre lake in the center of the property, you will see a diverse smattering of contemporary works that were commissioned specifically for the site...from a rickety boat whose fictional crew is suffering from the effects of climate change to a giant, surreal skeleton that can only be fully seen from the air. In the middle of the lake sits Andrea Zittel's Indianapolis Island: a tiny experimental living structure inhabited for the next four summers by art students.
Some of the pieces at 100 Acres may seem exotic, but others are pure Indiana. Free Basket by Los Carpinteros is a basketball court...with a few unexpected twists and bounces.
100 Acres opened in 2010, but it's far from finished. New works will be commissioned each year, so the park will always have something new and different to offer. And, like everything else at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, admission is free.
To get there:
100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park
Indianapolis Museum of Art