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Public art debuts on Cultural Trail

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Workers install Julian Opie's "Ann Dancing" electronic sculpture. Workers install Julian Opie's "Ann Dancing" electronic sculpture.

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Indianapolis - Artist Julian Opie, whose pieces illuminated downtown last year, will be showcased again, this time on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

His piece, titled, "Ann Dancing," marks an addition to the growing number of public art pieces in Indianapolis. On Massachusetts Avenue, across from Brickhead, it's the first piece of public art to grace the city's new Cultural Trail.

"We thought it might be a fountain at first," said Josh Gentner, who works at Old Point Tavern which sits directly behind "Ann Dancing."

The Cultural Trail and Cultural Development Commission bought the LED sculpture for roughly $150,000.

"This piece fits in the neighborhood and the overall personality and feeling of the Cultural Trail," said Culture Trail representative, Gail Swanstorm.

Other recently acquired public art pieces in Indianapolis include three bronze sculptures by Tom Otterness. Also, "Free Money" and "Male Tourist" found a permanent home outside the convention center. But someone is missing from that location.

"We do have a little bit of a 'woman down' situation," said Mindy Taylor Ross from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

"Female Tourist" is actually on her way to rehab following an unfortunate accident that occurred two weeks after her arrival.

"Someone was improperly loading into the convention center and dinged our small female tourist," said Ross.

"Female Tourist" will be shipped to the original artist who will repair her damages.

She's expected to be fully restored and returned later this spring prior to the city's next exhibition. The next exhibition will showcase the work of New York native, Chakia Booker.

"With Tom and Julian they kept things representational. With Chakia, we're asking people to push it a little, so she'll do fully abstract sculptures made of recycled material and I think it's very exciting," said Ross.

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