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This project is from the Summer of 2010 and is now archived. Visit the IMA Island page for the next related project.


So this weekend I will be working on a video for the 48hr Film Festival so this was my final day on the island. As if it was not hard enough to say goodbye, the weather and everything about today was absolutely gorgeous.

First of all, last night was cool enough after the storms that I actually used a sheet to cover up with! Can you believe it? I woke up this morning feeling well rested, comfortable, and peaceful.

While Mike came to help with tours for a bit, I did some early blogging and hung out with the security guards. I sure will miss hanging out with them in the Visitors Pavilion. As I was about to leave the pavilion after blogging, a family came to visit for a third time this summer. They said they got a tour with Mike but they had to see me before the project ends. I loved seeing them again and hearing that the girl still wears her glasses she got in a trade. Moments like that make the project satisfying.

Later today, my friend Mari came to visit and we rowed around the whole lake picking up messages. After that we walked around the gardens and watched the butterflies suck nectar out of flowers. It was so nice exploring the whole park in such agreeable weather.

I walked back to the island and saw my mom came from Kokomo with her friend Sharon and my friend Caitlyn. I showed them around the island and the rest of 100 Acres. I found a bra hanging in a tree…haha. We also observed the light shining through the pea pods giving us xray vision! The most awesome moment was when when we heard a rustle coming from a nearby bush and a deer ran right in front of us.

Later today after they all left I was picking up more floating messages when I heard another rustle in the bushes…I found the baby deer with the white spots looking right at me. I was so glad to see it again before leaving. Now, I am enjoying the sunset and thinking of all of the wonderful experiences I have had and all of the things I will miss.

This summer has been the best time of my life. I cannot thank all of you enough.

Thank you Andrea Zittel, IMA people, Jenny Mikulay, Greg Hull, Eric Nordgulen, Holly S, my mom Lynn, our blog readers, our visitors, and many more!

This is not the end of the project…we still have this weekend (Mike will be here). Also, we will be posting our reflections, moments, other thoughts, and thanks here for at least the next month. Keep on reading! There is still more to come!

2 Responses to “Farewell”

  • Lynn Says:

    Dear Indianapolis Island,
    I will miss visiting you and your residents. You have giving me great joy this summer with the beautiful sunsets, boat rides and wildlife watching. It was a wonderful experience for so many of us. I hope your gallery opening happens so we can get even more from this awesome experience. :)

  • Gib Says:

    Dear Jessica – Overall this was a fascinating experiment. I wonder if Andrea Zittel had any thoughts on the “hanging out in the Visitor Pavilion”?? It was a record-breaking Hot Summer.

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