The steel-arced “Free Basket” basketball court by Cuban collective Los Carpinteros is the first sculpture to greet visitors when arriving at the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, adjacent to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It’s in the middle of the parking lot and a fitting taste of what’s to come. The 100-Acre Park, as it’s often called, is one of the largest art parks in the country, and the only one with ongoing commissions of site-responsive works. Grab a map at the visitor center when you enter or plug imamuseum.org/100acrestour into your smartphone to access an audio tour. Some pretty cool works lie ahead, including Type A’s “Team Building (Align),” two 30-foot-wide metal rings suspended from telephone poles in a spooky clearing of trees, and Vision Division‘s “Chop Stick,” a swing set and pavilion crafted from a naturally felled 100-foot-tall tulip tree (the state tree of Indiana). A segment of the main walking path around the park’s 35-acre lake is closed due to erosion, so ask about alternative trails at the visitor center before setting off.
4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN; 317-923-1331.