When you enter the ArtsPark, it’s like you’re entering a world of pure imagination. At least, that’s what it feels like. Part park, part outdoor art installation, the ArtsPark is a magical, outdoor extension of the Indianapolis Art Center, filled with art installations and sculptures meant to entertain, create discussion, and make you appreciate the natural beauty of Indianapolis.
Located just off the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis Art Center’s ArtsPark is 9.5 acres of landscape and gardens, with interactive sculptures designed to stimulate all of your senses.
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Art and Sculptures
Visitors can wind their way through the ArtsParks and encounter a variety of imaginative art pieces, including one of the most recognizable pieces called “Twisted House,” a wooden sculpture of a home that is turned upside down. “Circle,” a Zen-like sculpture composed of a 10-foot ring of black granite with a sand garden on the inside, is a hit with sensory-loving kids. “Crescendo” — a bright, blue sculpture composed of 6,000 tiles — is definitely Insta worthy. But more importantly, the sculpture includes responses from the community on each of its tiles, answering the question: “What have you discovered?” It’s fun to stand under the sculpture’s tall arch and read the responses.
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ArtsPark is a Natural Playground
The ArtsPark is a great place to visit with kids, because they are allowed to touch and interact with everything. And as the seasons change, the look of the ArtsPark changes, too.
Along with the sculptures and artwork that is all throughout the park, kids can also climb the patio steps and see geese and ducks, walk down to the boardwalk that overlooks the White River and see the water, and much more. The ArtsPark is also located right off of the Monon Trail, so it’s easy to get to by bike or by walking.
ArtsPark: A Gallery Without Walls
The ArtsPark was designed by Hoosier native and world–renowned architect Michael Graves. His idea for the park was to create an untraditional space for appreciating art that’s not within the walls of an art museum, where you’re usually not allowed to touch and interact with the pieces. ArtsPark is a place with studios and galleries without walls, where nature and art are intertwined.
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ArtsPark at Indianapolis Art Center (website) is located at 820 E. 67th Street in Indianapolis.