The beauty shot doesn’t do it justice. Not because the Island is any more drop dead gorgeous – but because it is missing Mike Runge and Jessica Dunn the official Island Residents at the IMA (Indianapolis Museum of Art) this summer.
I heart Mike and Jessica. They are resilient, funny, articulate and seem to have an endless cadre of friends bringing them picnics while they live on the Island.
The way it works is this: For the last two years we have been working on Indy Island for the IMA’s new art and nature park: 100 Acres. (The island was made by Barnacle Brothers – a fabrication outfit in LA who totally rock). Each year the IMA will invite one or two residents to live on the island and to interface with the public, sort of like park rangers. Or maybe docents.
This year island residents Mike and Jessica who are doing a project called “Give and Take”. When a flag is raised on the island they will row ashore to pick up visitors who want to tour the island (there is a bell on shore that people ring when they want to come out) Visitors can also send them messages in floating island-like pods, and they have what they call “island trade” where people can bring them things and make trades in the process. And while doing all of this they manage to maintain a pretty detailed blog.
And to top it off there is a bicycle generator for energy and floating gardens in an attempt for self sufficiency. Genius.