Indianapolis, Indiana: The Idle

A group of stadium seats are positioned under an awning in the median of an interstate. Created in 2019 by Tom Battista, who thought people might like to sit and watch cars. Indianapolis, he said, doesn't have mountains or an ocean, but it has traffic.

Address:
800 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis, IN
Directions:
In the median of I-65. To visit, take exit 110A. Park on E. McCarty St. -- on the west side of the interstate -- walk north to Virginia Ave., then walk east along the Virginia Ave. paved sidewalk until you reach the median. You'll see the entrance on the right.
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The Idle.

The Idle

A small park is near the area were two interstates merge. You can sit in stadium seats overlooking the I-65 and I-70 interstate interchange.

[Doug Dirr, 03/27/2022]

In the early years of the interstate highways, people in rural areas would set up lawn chairs and picnic blankets on the embankments and watch the cars go by. This is a more self-aware nod to the same mesmerizing pastime.


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