100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park



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100 Acres on IMA Website
This land was once used as a quarry, that is where the man-made lake originated.

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100 Acres Flickr Group

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Lisa Freiman 40 under 40
IMA's Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and Director of 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, Lisa Freiman, received the honor from the Indiana Business Journal.

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Here you can see some of the projects he has worked on or is working on currently. There are some really neat things.

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Richard Louv on Nature
The full lecture of The Abundant Childhood: Nature, Creativity & Health: An Evening with Richard Louv.

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IMA's Location in Indianapolis
Northwest of Downtown, IMA is situated against a beautiful landscape far from the financial and business districts of Indianapolis.

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The Great Blue Herron

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Lisa Freiman's Blog on Type A
"Art is found in the places in between. It is the responsibility of each of us to open ourselves up to seeing it."

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Atelier Van Lieshout Website
From the site: "The name Atelier Van Lieshout emphasises the fact that the works of art do not stem solely from the creative brain of Joep van Lieshout, but are produced by a creative team of artists, designers and architects."

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Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, this is another example of a setting where Art and Nature blend together.

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Los Carpinteros Website

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Kendall Buster Website

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Brief Article on Architects "Borrowing from Nature"
From the article: "They are copying functional systems found in nature to provide cooling, generate energy and even to desalinate water. And they insist that doing these things using biomimetric designs is not just a gimmick, but makes financial sense."

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Visit Indy
The Official Site of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.

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Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park
Another example of an outdoor Art Park situated within Nature.

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What exactly is 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park? This video provides all the answers as staff from the Indianapolis Museum of Art and architects involved in the project describe the creative and planning process in developing the park. Adjacent to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and located on 100 acres that includes untamed woodlands, wetlands, meadows and a 35-acre lake, 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park will be one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of site-specific artworks. When it opens in fall 2009, 100 Acres will present art projects, exhibitions and discussions designed to strengthen the publics understanding of the unique, reciprocal relationships between contemporary art and the natural world.

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Watching this at the airport in Minneapolis... It's 10 degrees outside and the ground is covered with snow and ice, but I feel like I'm standing in the middle of a forest at the the IMA! Thanks goodness for good headphones and some awesome video work!

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00:00:02 It's a natural artifact, it's been evolving for years, it's not pure, at one time perhaps was undisturbed but over time, it's been cultivated,

00:00:12 violated as a quarry and then as a construction site, filled up with water and become this lake and amenity in the city,

00:00:22 all along have been building itself towards a purpose.

00:00:39 Welcome to the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, which offers you a 100 acres of art and nature to explore with your friends and family.

00:00:51 It's a park that offers us experiences that are both aesthetic and recreational.

00:01:01 I think we were all moved by the natural environment here and how unique it was to a museum, and we wanted to find a way to retain the specialness

00:01:11 of this place.

00:01:14 The idea is that we'll invite artists from all over the world to continually create new projects that are experimental and responsive to this place

00:01:23 and they'll be constantly changing.

00:01:27 The art is not envisioned to stand against nature but, in fact, to find ways to connect with it.

00:01:37 Rather than bringing in an idea of remaking a place in the landscape, this is more about in the park teasing out

00:01:48 the finer qualities so that it reveals itself.

00:01:53 Part of being here is to find your own pace, to find your own equilibrium, and at the same time have direct experiences with works of art that aren't hanging on a wall

00:02:03 but are, in fact, emerging; they are emergent forms set in the landscape.

00:02:11 We're always gonna have reasons for people to be coming back, whether it's through performed works, installations or small programs where people can sit

00:02:20 in the amphitheater outside of the visitor center, have intimate conversations with artists.

00:02:25 The way in which you read this pavilion won't be in a traditional way you read a building, it really draws its inspiration from nature itself.

00:02:34 It has exoskeleton in a way that a leaf has a certain type of exoskeleton. It's a project that anticipates it's being here for while and how

00:02:43 it might age in a graceful way and really become part of the forest.

00:02:49 To have ideas like this expressed all in one place is powerful.

00:02:58 It's going to become a destination like many of the other areas of land that we have downtown, only here it feels so remote despite the fact that it's in the middle of a thriving city.

00:03:10 What they take away from this place will be up to them, but it is a kind of framework for re-viewing the world.