Plans take shape for IMA park

August 1, 2007
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Contractors are laying the groundwork to start construction on the $50-million Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. IMA has chosen a construction manager, The Hagerman Group, and work is slated to begin in Spring 2008. Art & NatureThe land for the park, 100 acres along the White River including woods, wetlands and a 35-acre lake, was given to IMA in 1972. Acclaimed architect Marlon Blackwell, landscape architect Edward Blake and New York environmental artist Mary Miss have been working on the project. Miss designed the park's gateway, a 1,500-foot-long pedestrian bridge (shown here). For more on the plans, visit the park here. What do you think?
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  • Living so close to this area. I am very excited about this park. It will be AMAZING to have such a unique nature park in the middle of city with so much ecology and unique water features surrounding it. Good Luck and I can't wait to see it. I think it will draw nature enthusiasts.
  • The design of this project is phenomenal. My only complaint is that there aren't more projects like this is in the more visible areas of the city.

    Great job IMA!
  • Wow, for once, a project being done in this city by someone that is known outside of this state? I am shocked! Atleast we are getting some quality landscape architecture in this city as opposed to the piss poor structural architecture recently.
  • The unfortunate thing is that area was a nice nature area before they ripped it up to create a nature area. As a kid we used to hike around the lake and through the brush. There was an otter in the lake we used to love watch swim around. Not sure if he is still there, but it is ironic that a natural area is ripped up to create a nature area. Oh well, their land and they can do as they wish.
  • Anyone else see the news that Maya Lin will be creating a feature artwork for the portal to the Art & Nature Park?

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