Indy Art & Seek project set to launch Saturday

Local artists are almost done installing 100 public art pieces around Indianapolis in preparation for Saturday’s launch of Indy Art & Seek—a project organized by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

The public arts project, funded with a $674,520 grant from Lilly Endowment and announced last summer, features 100 mini-installations, performances, literary pieces and individual artworks along urban streets.

The art pieces will stay in place at least until the end of the year.

In addition, the project will eventually feature six large-scale permanent installations in official KIB GreenSpaces. Those pieces experienced delays during the pandemic but are in development and should be completed in the spring.

Many of the spaces chosen for the installations previously had little or no public art.

“These artistic installations are meant to provide unexpected ‘moments of delight’ for our residents and visitors alike,” said Kristina Uland, senior vice president for development and external affairs at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, in written remarks. “The artists have created incredible pieces that are not only meant to be appreciated on their own, but to also call attention to how art plays an important part in everyday life.”

As part of Saturday’s launch, mobile app users will be able to find the locations of the art pieces, see photos and videos of the artists at work, watch live performances that were recorded on-site, take selfies, share their discoveries, and earn badges to win prizes.

The project is the first one listed in the Otocast mobile app, which is available in iPhone and Android app stores.

More on the Indy Art & Seek project can be found here.

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4 thoughts on “Indy Art & Seek project set to launch Saturday

  1. $674,520 for 100 pieces = $6,734 each for temporary (“in place at least until the end of the year”) installations seems like a lot of money for such a short duration.

    1. Hi Penny — thank you for your comment and reading about the Indy Art & Seek project! The grant KIB and the Arts Council received from the Lilly Endowment for the Indy Art & Seek project includes everything that has gone into creating this new public art experience — such as a mobile app for a 360 experience of the art/artists/neighborhoods, community engagement, maps, signage, staff work — in addition to the 100 small, more temporary interventions and 6 very large, permanent art pieces. The smaller pieces should remain up through the end of this year and into spring. Some of them may be in place longer!

      I hope you have a chance to visit some of the new art this coming weekend.
      – Ashley, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

    1. Hi William — the art pieces are primarily in the middle third of the city: north, west, and east of downtown. A mobile app will launch on Saturday that will help you find the art. You can also use the map at http://www.indyartandseek.org.

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