The Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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If you look very closely you can see the faint drawing.
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Making notes near a Robert Indiana. He made a sculpture of every number from zero to nine.

Yesterday we went to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and it was really cool. I especially liked the abstracts and the “How deep is your” exhibit. “How deep is your” is a very interesting section that is the art of Julianne Swartz. There are lots of mechanical devises, such as miniature recorders that play back voice recordings, and clockwork systems that turn wires. Most of Julianne Swartz’s artwork has playbacks of voices or noise, but one piece using recorders that I found particularly interesting is what looks like a big, slightly twisted, piece of linen hanging on a long string from the ceiling. Really, it’s lots more than that. If you look very closely you can see tiny recorders inside the linen, playing back an odd, loud, screeching sort of noise. It was really cool to try and figure out how it worked.

A great example of clockwork use was a sort of machine that looked like a few cement blocks, stacked one on top of the other. Inside the cement blocks, there is a clockwork system, but you can’t see it. What you can see is a long wire sticking out of the blocks. That wire is stiff, but there is another one hanging down from the top. In the middle of the second wire, which hangs limp, there is an LED light. At the bottom of the blocks there is one long wire that is curled in loops around the blocks. as the clockwork system turns the dangling wire, it bumps against each coil of the wire on the bottom, completes the circuit, and makes the LED light up, just until the stiff wire at the top pulls it away.

My favorite paintings were the abstracts, as I said before, and probably my favorite of those was a blank white canvas. At the top of the canvas was a very lightly drawn shape, perhaps of the bottom of a picnic table. It was nothing more than that, but I think I understood what the artist, James Bishop, meant when he made this piece of art in nineteen seventy-four. There’s no way to know if I got his exact point, because the painting is untitled, but when I saw it I said “It’s like, You have the faintest clue of the answer to everything.”
– Lillian.

The Indianapolis 500 Museum

Inside the giant Indianapolis racetrack is a museum. A museum so cool your brain might overload from coolness and that museum has the cars of every Indy 500 winner ever, such as the Marmon Wasp by Marmon, and Boyle Special by Maserati.

The race track was built originally as a way to test the new cars the auto factories were making so they could ride them at high speeds and learn to build better cars. Then they would race them and the people watching could see which one they wanted to buy.

One icon of the Indy 500 is Parnelli Jones an Indy car driver but also a salt flats racer and a Baja racer. He was very popular and owned his own race team and a LOT of cars.

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I joyride an Indy car
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Drag-style Salt Flats racer
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with Mario Andretti’s innovative race car
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The Marmon Wasp

The Children’s Museum in downtown Indianapolis.

IMG_4052 glassfountainwater clock IMG_4057 IMG_4076 Indianapolis has a really cool children’s museum. When you first go in there is a library, and then you go down the stairs and in the middle of the room there is a giant bumblebee transformer. Inside the museum itself, I thought that the coolest part was the dinosaur exhibit. We saw skeletons and fossils, and there was even a “mummified fossil” of a duck-billed dinosaur. It is a natural mummy, which has been fossilized over time with food still in its stomach.
I thought most of it was more for little kids, but there were a few sections that were really cool, like the dinosaur exhibits and the water clock. The water clock is ten big bowls on one side, and thirty little ones on the other side. The ten big bowls each represent an hour, and the little ones each represent two minutes. `The bowls on each side are connected by a tube that goes through them, and in the middle there is a long tube, (actually I’m not sure if it was just one, or more than that,) that curves all around. It is very hard to describe, and I definitely can’t describe how it works, so I will have to just let you look at the pictures. Dad was really silly.  He dressed up a  as a dinosaur and had me do it too, and on the elevator, he screamed as if it was dropping fast. He insisted on us all  getting our pictures taken as Terracotta Warriors. When we left we ate Kentucky Fried Chicken. Overall, the experience was pretty fun. – Lillian

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Water clock
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One part of the building on the outside. Cool, huh?

A Nickel Tour

So, yeah, now we’re at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (not to brag). We went on a “nickel tour” guided by some workampers who have been coming here for years. They know a LOT about this (emphasis on they know a lot), and they picked us up in their truck and showed us all around the track, and we even drove through Gasoline Alley. I got to kiss the bricks (a tradition of winning racers). Overall, this nickel tour was at least worth a dime.

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The pole
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The official Andretti trailer
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Kissing the bricks
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the pagoda command center