Rogue Public Art Project Captures Cultural Trail Attention
Friday, October 31, 2008 -- As Julian Opie's "Ann Dancing" returned to her dancing stage on the corner of Mass Ave, Vermont St. and Alabama St. on Friday, October 31, she had a little unexpected competition.
A clear message had been carefully laid out in yellow painted rocks on the Cultural Trail outside Marsh the Marketplace, just north of Vermont St.: "We are going to be okay."
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is not responsible for this Halloween surprise. The artist or commentator remains unknown.
What did the Cultural Trail team think about it?
"It's brilliant," said Mindy Taylor Ross, director of Public Art for the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail project. "It's exactly the kind of thing the team has always hoped that the Cultural Trail would inspire: Random, spontaneous and inspired creativity that is respectful of the Trail as a communal space. This is a great example of how the Cultural Trail is inspiring community conversation."
"Ann Dancing" was temporarily removed for repairs. It is the first of several permanent public art projects planned with the Cultural Trail's $2 million budget for new public art.
Below: "Ann Dancing" by Julian Opie reinstalled Friday.