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Connecting Art, Science and Community

The daVinci Pursuit connects art, science and community, in order to cultivate interactive experiences and critical thinking among the general public in non-institutionalized settings. Art and science form the core of creativity and create a dynamic culture of... read more

Art Science Roundtable

The daVinci Pursuit has established a collaborative program to connect scientists, scientific content, and artists who will be performing and executing work at the grant sites. The process of bringing artists and scientists together in a collaborative environment,... read more

Spiritual Trail

The daVinci Pursuit envisioned the idea of a trail along the north side of Christian Theological Seminary’s property to connect the Butler community, local neighborhoods, IMA and Central Canal. During 2015, a more detailed design for the overall trail along with the... read more

One Hundred Boats

Trees transform, shield, shade and provide oxygen, fruit, and beauty. Without trees, humans would not survive. Each tree has its own distinct, unique energy, as does each person. Trees and people together create a sense of place. Given the length of time trees live,... read more

daVinci Workshop

The daVinci Workshop is an initiative to create a museum/workspace where artists and scientists can come together to create installations using common physical and cultural components of society in a context of community space. We intend to use an existing building or... read more

daVinci Prize

The daVinci Pursuit was founded in order to bring science education and cultural enrichment closer to the public. As a group of concerned science and art educators, we are concerned about the decline of support for arts education in the academic setting, as well as... read more


Kinetic artist, David Landis has created a giant metal and wood kinetic sculpture that will interact with the rhythms and flow of water in Indianapolis’ major rivers. The sculpture will create movements on the surface that mimic the current flow beneath the robot in a... read more

Musical DNA

Building on the ground breaking App, Musical DNA provides a new way to fully discover and express your own musical creativity, enabling groups of individuals to play with music and sound in a more powerful way than ever before. The daVinci Pursuit has created a... read more


Two Ka-Bike-O-Scopes will be installed in the spring of 2015 along Pleasant Run PArkway South Drive near the Barth street bridge between Fountain Square and Garfield Park. The Ka-Bike-O-Scope, designed by the artist/scientist team of Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley, is... read more

Fallen Lighthouse

Imagine a lighthouse in Central Indiana. Where did it come from? How did it get here? Why has it fallen? What’s inside? The Fallen Lighthouse, designed and created by daVinci Founder, Mark Kesling and Architect, Cothran Harris, creates an iconic interactive space for... read more


An important aspect of science is being able to see things from a new perspective. The concepts of “field of view” and “vista” come to mind as one walks along a waterway. When the field of view is narrowed (a fixed tube that people look through – sighting tube) or... read more

Art Ports

To be installed in the Cultural Districts around Indianapolis, Art Ports will create new ways for “pop-up” art to occur, creating an ever changing and dynamic aesthetic landscape for artists. Throughout our city, artists find it difficult to place art tin... read more


Following a Lilly Global Day of Service planning meeting, daVinci Pursuit Founder, Mark Kesling and IFD Fireman/Metal Sculptor, Clyde Pennington collaborated to bring science and art together through the creation of an interactive public sculpture near the Key... read more

Tessellations of Life

Working with experts from the Indiana University School of Medicine (pathologists, cellular biologists, medical imaging professionals) and faculty from the Indiana School of Informatics (music informatics, artificial intelligence, visualization and animation, advanced... read more

Artistic Scanner

daVinci Pursuit founder, Mark Kesling has created an interactive installation that captures the movement of people in order to create a visual and auditory soundscape. The installation encourages them to “dance” in a public setting without being aware that others are... read more


“In some ways, an exhibit resembles a play or a musical composition. A tension is built up by something in the exhibit that elicits curiosity, or an interesting task, or a lovely effect, then the tension is resolved as the result of an aesthetic or intellectual... read more

One Thousand Birdhouses

The daVinci Pursuit in collaboration with the Amos Butler Audubon Society, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and neighborhood school students will design and install birdhouses along the waterways throughout the city. The hole size and materials used are critical to the... read more

Mechanical Flowers

Based on simple robotic sensors coupled with the concept of biological collectives, the daVinci Pursuit is developing a set of tiny robotic flowers (Mechanical Flowers) that when placed in a waterway will measure and transmit data on water quality. The tiny robots can... read more

daVinci Sound Project

Professional harpist Melissa Gallant wanted to take her art form in new directions and expressed her desire to create new sounds and to develop new techniques in order to create an entirely new sound for the harp. Electronic musicians Michael Drews and Jordan Munson... read more

Arts & Science Challenges

We Challenge You… The daVinci Pursuit is partnering with other non-profits to create art science challenges that move beyond Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to add the Arts as an essential component. By creating STEAM challenges, the... read more

Art-Science Curriculum Kits

Contribute The daVinci Pursuit is looking for interested teachers to help develop our art science curriculum kits as well as donors interested in funding a participating teacher. Please contact us if you would like to help at: We have... read more