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 Learning Community, Fire Station #19 and Lilly Technology Center in Indianapolis.
The interactive sculpture serves four roles in this west side neighborhood:
- An IFD fire education outdoor classroom that allows students to learn about the roles of firefighters and fire safety.
- An outdoor playground and park that provides shade, a play area for small children and benches for quiet reflection.
- An outdoor classroom for schools including the Key Learning Community.
- As a gateway to the White River multi-use trail as well as to the adjoining neighborhood.
The sculpture is a celebration of the creative and industrial spirit of the residents of this west side community and provides a park for neighborhood residents and others throughout the city, to learn about the science of firefighting through interaction with the arts. The massive steel and wood sculpture was installed by Lilly Employees during the Lilly Global Day of Service at 1003 South White River Parkway, West Drive.