This past weekend, a friend of mine from high school got married in a suburb just north of Indianapolis. Adrienne and I made a full weekend out of it and did as much exploring of the local area as we could. (Shameless plug: All pictures were taken on my BlackBerry)
We arrived in Carmel, which is about 20 minutes north of Indy, late in the afternoon. We had just enough time before the rehearsal dinner to visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The place was amazing and everything was free. Their summer attraction was the 100 Acres exhibit which contained different forms of artwork throughout the museum grounds.
This sculpture, known as the LOVE sculpture, was created by the American artist, Robert Indiana, for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The image was originally designed as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964, and first exhibited as a sculpture in New York City in 1970. This original sculpture is made of COR-TEN steel and has been on exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1975. The LOVE design has been reproduced in a variety of formats. Likewise, the sculpture has been recreated in multiple versions and a variety of colors, and is now on display around the world.
My other favorite outdoor piece of art is an obvious choice for anyone that knows me the least bit. Containing soaring blue and red steel arcs, this sculpture makes apparent the trajectory of a bouncing ball. Free Basket juxtaposes the practical and the imaginary, drawing on the form of an international basketball court, and turning it into an aesthetically surprising sculpture that offers the community a place to play. In developing their project, Los Carpinteros (a Havana, Cuba-based art collective comprised of Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez) focused on the prominence of basketball in Indiana, bringing together art, culture and sports, and developing an iconic project for the city of Indianapolis. [Info gathered from www.IMAmuseum.org]
After our excursion to the IMA, we made it to the house of my friend's parents just in time for the rehearsal dinner. Let's just say his dad has been very successful in his business ventures, which was clearly seen from the mansion of a house and car barn filled with the rarest of rare luxury sports cars.
His prized possession was this Ferrari, which is the most rare of its kind in the world. It's 100% original and has the least miles of any of its kind that comes even remotely close to this one. It's estimated worth? $1,200,000 - for a car! I'm not really sure what I was thinking, but I was the only one foolish enough to sit in the car: AMAZING.
Having just purchased a new Subaru last week, I thought I was feeling pretty happy with my set of wheels; until now that is, ha. To add to his collection of nearly a dozen of the world's most expensive, historic, and fastest cars, he has a couple more on order in the next month. Must be nice to have that level of money to throw around, huh? Personally, I might use it for other purposes and causes, but who am I to judge? Guess I better step my automobile-game up. I better keep DREAMING IMPOSSIBLE...