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

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100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park
Type Urban park, Sculpture park
Location Indianapolis, Indiana
Coordinates 39°49′38″N 86°11′25″W / 39.827341°N 86.190256°W / 39.827341; -86.190256Coordinates: 39°49′38″N 86°11′25″W / 39.827341°N 86.190256°W / 39.827341; -86.190256
Area 100 acres (40 ha)
Opened 2010
Owned by Indianapolis Museum of Art
Status Open all year
Website www.imamuseum.org/visit/the-park

100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park is an art park located behind the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The park opened in 2010, showing large site-specific installation art works by Alfredo Jaar, Andrea Zittel, Atelier Van Lieshout, Kendall Buster, Jeppe Hein, Los Carpinteros, Tea Mäkipää, and Type A. Also included is the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion.[1] The park was curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art's contemporary art curator, Lisa Freiman.


Type A is an art duo based out of New York City. Their installation for the park is, Team Building (Align), which consists of two large suspended metal rings that act as a calendar. Type A worked with IMA staff to help choose and design this work.[2]

Kendall Buster's work is entitled Stratum Pier, and is a functioning deck to look out at the pond. Buster is currently a professor for sculpture and extended media at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.[3]

Los Carpinteros created Free Basket, which is located near the park's private parking area. Los Capinteros is an artist duo from Cuba.[4]

Jeppe Hein is a Copenhagen and Berlin based artist who contributed, Bench Around the Lake. This work is a series of functional and playful yellow benches for park visitors.[5]

Alfredo Jaar is from Chile and resides in New York City. For the park Jaar created the, Park of Laments. To access this park the visitors must first walk through a dark tunnel, which leads to stairs into the middle of the park.[6]

Atelier Van Lieshout

Tea Mäkipää

Andrea Zittel built the Indianapolis Island as an ongoing interactive installation.


The next commissioned work for 100 Acres will premier in September 2011 and will include a series of installations along the White River by artist Mary Miss. The artist will be working with local universities, environmental organizations, and government agencies to create FLOW (Can You See the River?). The piece will consist of various collaborative public art installations along Indianapolis' Central Canal and the White River, inviting visitors to become more aware of issues related to the health of the river and the city's water supply.

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