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A message from the Island People

In the autumn of 2009, Andrea Zittel sent a request for proposals to students at the Herron School of Art and Design who wished to live on her latest piece, Indianapolis Island. The island is an 18′ x 20′ fiberglass living structure that will float in the lake of the new 100 Acres Art and Nature Park. We (Jessica Dunn and Michael Runge) collaborated to write a proposal and were chosen by Zittel and the IMA after several interviews and meetings.

We are really excited to be a part of this project and have many ideas dealing with the Give and Take nature of the project.

Here is a quick overview of our project:

Fabrication of the interior: We will be fabricating the entire interior of the island with modular, dual-purpose furniture including a bed which functions as a couch as well as storage space. We will also be building a bicycle generator so we can have electricity on the island.

Floating garden: Similar to a self watering container, we will be building floating garden pots that will grow vegetables we can eat while living on the island.

Floating messages: Visitors may send messages to the island inhabitants by floating paper messages via capsules visually reminiscent of the island’s shape.

Island trade: Every visitor who sets foot on the island will have the opportunity to give and take something from the island. This trade will will show a tangible example of the mark left on the individual and the space.

Follow our construction progress and our evolving (or deteriorating) mental state on our blog. You can also follow us on Twitter.

Filed under: Art, Art and Nature Park, Current Events, Guest Bloggers, Local

3 Responses to “A message from the Island People”

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    Kim Trytten Says:

    Hi Michael (and Jessica!),

    What a totally cool project/assignment/challenge/way-to-live/way-to-learn/experiment/life experience.
    You two will never be the same.

    A big thumbs up!


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    Cynthia Says:

    We visited on the 13th and really enjoyed visiting your island space and you hospitality. We exchanged an apple for some dog treats and were disappointed that the picture wasn’t posted on your website. Is it possible for you to send that to us? We forgot our camera that day. Thanks again for the rowboat ride and the tour. Enjoy the balance of your summer.


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    Karen Lee Says:

    I saw this on the Public Broadcast News tonight and was very impressed…with the whole situation…the art gallery,,,the projects and your little “island” hee hee… I have know thoughout my life various life styles and living modes..but I dont ever think I saw one as an “art form” I’m posting a link to my fb for my friends to check it out!! have fun!

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