Three men wearing oversized parrot heads toss breadcrumbs on the north side of Monument Circle Friday afternoon. Bright colors emanate from a mysterious box placed in an alley behind the Circle Theatre, accompanied by an eerie score. A man dressed as a yellow lizard shouts nonsense and runs maniacally alongside traffic. We name but three of the 27 installation/performance pieces that were part of Art in Odd Places Indianapolis, a public arts fest held Oct. 17-18 on Market Street and Monument Circle.
The free event, hosted by Big Car Collaborative with support from IMA, the Arts Council and a long list of other organizations, was held to “animate public space, cause interaction and insert surprise," according to festival materials. Artists from as far away as Berlin, Germany and as close as Fountain Square participated. Their one requirement: Each piece had to somehow address the festival's theme of "free."