Ann Dancing

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 electronic sculpture is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was removed from its base on August 20, 2008, for repairs,[2] and was returned on October 31 of that year.[3]

Ann Dancing
Ann Dancing by Julian Opie.jpg
ArtistJulian Opie
TypeLED sculpture;
Four light emitting display panels (LEDs); paint, aluminum, glass, and lights.
Dimensions189 cm × 86 cm × 86 cm (74.5 in × 34 in × 34 in); dimensions omit the base
LocationIndianapolis Cultural Trail, Indianapolis, Indiana


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 locationEdit

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 Tavern at the Point (formerly 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].

I am really happy that ‘Ann Dancing’ will be in Indianapolis and become part of the street fabric. As I sit in my studio in London I think of her endlessly dancing for the passing traffic."

—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. Archived from the original on March 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
  4. ^ a b "Indianapolis Cultural Trail : First permanent art installation along Indianapolis Cultural Trail is illuminated". Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-07-19.

External linksEdit

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]
  • 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]
  • 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