Ann Dancing

Ann Dancing
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This is Ann Dancing, an animated electronic sculpture that you’ll find at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Alabama Street, and Vermont Street in Downtown Indianapolis.

Artist Julian Ope created this artwork, which was installed here in 2007. Unfortunately, time was not kind to Ann, which developed a reputation for shorting out in bad weather.

In 2019, a crowdfunding campaign was kicked off to fund Ann’s restoration. It collected more than $200,000 in four weeks! That was enough to rebuild Ann from scratch. She’s not only more robustly built now, but she uses much more up-to-date technology than was available in 2007.

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4 responses to “single frame: Ann Dancing”

  1. fishyfisharcade Avatar

    There’s a similar installation on Carnaby Street in London entitled Shaida Walking.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Awesome! Now if I ever go to London I’ll have to find it.

      I looked it up: it’s by the same artist, Julian Opie.

  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    When I lived in Indy, I used to drive by Ann Dancing all the time. Based on my art education, it seems like the type of thing I would roll my eyes at, as pretty ridiculous “kitsch” (the kind of thing that could actually get ‘by’ a city committee), but I have to say I always looked forward to seeing it. I’m not even going to say it “grew” on me, it just has a strange effect of me wanting to see it if I was in the neighborhood.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I know it’s not Fine Fine Art, but it’s fun and distinctive, and I look forward to seeing it too.

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