If you love following travel content creators on Instagram, there is a good chance you’ve seen images of the Umbrella Sky Project featuring bright-colored umbrellas connected together in the air displayed over narrow streets.
For a limited time, you can see the Umbrella Sky Project in Batesville, Indiana presented by the Batesville Area Arts Council.
Batesville is a great day trip or a convenient road trip stop on your way to or from Indianapolis to see THE LUME at Newfields.
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What is the Umbrella Sky Project?
Agueda, Portugal was the first location for the Umbrella Sky Project, displaying thousands of suspended umbrellas over narrow streets.
The suspended umbrellas have a dual purpose. For function, they create shade for pedestrians who walk underneath them. For fun, they are beautiful to look at and create a dreamy ambiance.
Many of the previous art installations over the years have been in large European cities. Thankfully, you don’t need a passport to enjoy this beautiful art installation in the Midwest.
How Long Will the Umbrella Sky Project Be in Batesville, Indiana?
The Umbrella Sky Project will be in Batesville, Indiana from June- October 24, 2021.
Where is the Umbrella Sky Project Located in Batesville?
121 Shopping Village Batesville, IN
The Umbrella Sky Project is located in the downtown area at Batesville Village Square.
There is plenty of free parking steps away from the art installation.
How Many Umbrellas Are in the Umbrella Sky Project in Batesville?
There are 464 colorful umbrellas displayed in the air for the Umbrella Sky Project in Batesville.
Photography Tips for Your Visit to the Umbrella Sky Project and Murals
Bright solid colors are best to wear for pictures. The solid colors will help compliment NOT compete with the umbrellas or the mural in the background of your picture.
For Extra Fun, Add an Umbrella
I decided to bring two umbrellas with me as fun photo props.
The first umbrella that I brought had a pattern that didn’t show up as well in the pictures. The busy pattern on the umbrella was really distracting.
My second choice was a large multi-colored umbrella that really popped in pictures in comparison. You could also try a solid-colored umbrella instead.
For photos with unique perspectives, experiment with different poses, heights, distances, and angles.
It’s a bit of trial and error with poses until you find the best ones. They all feel silly so just have fun with it.
And don’t forget to take some pictures looking up!
Also, take notice of the cool shadow patterns on the ground depending on the time of day you visit.
Social Hashtags and Handles for the Umbrella Sky Project
Check out the Murals by Kelsey Montague
While you’re in the area, don’t forget to check out the artwork by Kelsey Montague.
Her murals are commissioned all over the world, typically in much larger cities like Nashville, where many have taken pictures with her “What lifts you” angel wings mural.
It’s pretty impressive that the city of Batesville has TWO murals by Kelly Montague in its downtown.
Tree & Swing Location: Miss Shannon’s Music Studio
121 Shopping Village, Suite A, Batesville, IN
This mural faces E Boehringer Street. Be mindful of the traffic on the street behind you if you are backing up for pictures.
It can be a little tricky to try to line up with this mural because it’s a little awkward to pose against.
Double-check with your photographer if your hands are lined up with the ropes for the swing for an optimal pose.
Social media hashtags and Instagram handle for the tree and swing mural:
Butterflies Location: 36 S Walnut St, Batesville, IN 47006 (behind the beer hall)
Both of the murals by Kelsey Montague are a short walking distance from each side of the Umbrella Sky Project location.
Share Your Adventure on Social Media
The hashtags for the murals by Kelsey Montague mural are:
Eat Breakfast or Lunch at Big Four Café
121 S Depot St, Batesville, IN
While you’re in the area you might as well enjoy a local restaurant. Big Four Cafe features locally sourced ingredients in made-from-scratch entrees.
If you can’t decide between breakfast or lunch, just get one of each and split both of them for the best of both worlds like we did.
The name “Big Four Cafe” honors the history of the Big Four Tavern and Big Four Railroad that served the four major cities (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, and St. Louis) and the cities in between (including Batesville.)
There are several pieces inside the cafe that are 100+ years old, including the center doors in the cafe that were once the entrance doors to the tavern.
For the breakfast options, we tried the Biscuit and Gravy Benedict. The dish was made with 2 fresh biscuits, topped with tri-tip country fried steak, house sausage gravy, and 2 eggs, any style.
We also ordered the Chicken Bacon Avocado pressed sandwich on ciabatta bread with fries. The sandwich was made with garlic and herb roasted pulled chicken, sliced bacon, avocado, provolone cheese, and buttermilk ranch.
Don’t forget the ranch on the side to dip your fries in!
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