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 widened (a fixed frame – picture frame) things that might be missed do to the lack of focus, or the visual background noise in the environment, “pop” into view. These new views allow people to see things within the general landscape they might otherwise miss. For instance, hikers along a river might find sighting tubes focused on a particular spot of interest or passersby along a greenway trail might find a large picture frame putting into focus a beautiful waterfall. The low cost, simplicity and effectiveness of tubes and frames makes this installation particularly powerful and potentially ubiquitous.

daVinci founder and designer, Mark Kesling working with metal artist, Clyde Pennington will create and install tubes and frames along major waterways throughout the central Indiana region. The tubes and frames will have the following impacts:

Aesthetic value – Our feelings or memories about a place are formed by how a location feels, not just by how it looks. Details are often minimized by overall thoughts and impressions—sounds, textures, light, and smells. Tubes and Frames is an attempt to respond to and explore people’s perceptions of “place” through simple structures designed to change a person’s perspective.

Ecosystem value – Generally, for knowledge to grow, someone must invest effort to see what others can’t or don’t choose to see. A potential knowledge-creator needs some degree of confidence that the expected result doesn’t already exist. Learning to narrow or widen one’s field of vision can help build that confidence leading to “Citizen Scientists” that are able to look beyond their first impressions and focus on details or look at “vistas” that reveal a larger perspective.