Ann Dancing

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Ann Dancing
Ann Dancing by Julian Opie.jpg
Artist Julian Opie
Year 2007
Type LED sculpture;
Four light emitting display panels (LEDs); paint, aluminum, glass, and lights.
Dimensions 189 cm × 86 cm × 86 cm (74.5 in × 34 in × 34 in); dimensions omit the base
Location Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Indianapolis, Indiana

Ann Dancing is an artwork created in 2007 by Julian Opie (born 1958, London) an English artist and former trustee of the Tate.[1] The sculpture was removed from its base on August 20, 2008, for repairs,[2] and was returned on October 31 of that year.[3]


The sculpture consists of four rectilinear panels of light-emitting diode (LED) screens that each display the same animated image in orange of a woman on all four panels. The woman, "Ann," is wearing a sheath dress and sways from side to side in a dancing motion. Ann either has pointed feet or is wearing high-heeled shoes. She appears to have no clear hairstyle.

It is probable that the animated image of Ann dancing is computer generated from an internally housed computer located in the red brick base of the sculpture.

History and Location[edit]

The sculpture was installed at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Alabama Street, and Vermont Street in Indianapolis from January to February, 2008. The sculpture is located directly in front of the Old Point Tavern and was the first artwork installed on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail [1] at a total expense of $150,000.[4]

The sculpture is visible in the Google Maps Street View, but only from the middle of the intersection [2].

—Julian Opie, 2008.[4]


  1. ^ About Tate | Governance & Funding | Current and Recently Retired Trustees Archived September 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Dancing sculpture needs electronic facelift
  3. ^ "Rogue Public Art Project Captures Cultural Trail Attention". Indianapolis Cultural Trail. October 31, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  4. ^ a b Indianapolis Cultural Trail : First permanent art installation along Indianapolis Cultural Trail is illuminated

External links[edit]

Information about the Artwork
  • Animated Artwork added to Cultural Trail (from [3]
  • “Ann Dancing” by internationally renowned artist Julian Opie a legacy of the popular 2007 public art exhibition (press release from the Indianapolis Cultural Trail) [4]
  • Cultural Trail Gets Opie (from the blog [5]
  • First permanent art installation along Indianapolis Cultural Trail is illuminated (from Public Art Indianapolis) [6]
  • Opie Art Dancing on Mass Ave (from [7][permanent dead link]
  • Public art debuts on Cultural Trail (from Indianapolis TV station WTHR) [8]
Images and Video of the Artwork
  • Flickr Group for Julian Opie [9]
  • YouTube video of Ann Dancing [10]
Descriptions and Opinions of the Artwork
  • Ann dances ... and annoys by Lou Harry on the Indianapolis Business Journal's blog [11][permanent dead link]
  • Ann & Me by Noelle Pulliam on the Indianapolis Museum of Art's blog [12]

Coordinates: 39°46′21″N 86°9′7″W / 39.77250°N 86.15194°W / 39.77250; -86.15194