Public art installation challenges viewers to see space in new ways

By Nicole Brooks 331-4232 |
September 11, 2011

BLOOMINGTON — In what some are calling the most ambitious local public art project in recent memory, viewers’ sense of space will be thrown off and they will be challenged to see institutional spaces in new ways.

Local artist and Indiana University employee Dylan DeWitt’s art installation “In Plain Sight” has components at all five Bloomington Ivy Tech Community College locations. The installation opens Wednesday with a reception at the main campus, and runs through Oct. 14.

Sight, a sense that for many of us is automatic, can be confused with the right tools. In Ivy Tech’s main campus lobby, for example, mirrors will be attached to nearly invisible wires strung floor to ceiling, creating a visual conundrum.

“I typically prefer sites not usually used for displaying art, such as stairwells, ceilings, and the like,” DeWitt said in a news release.

People of all ages are encouraged to view the free exhibits. The five Ivy Tech locations are: the main campus, at 200 Daniels Way; the Waldron, at 122 S. Walnut St.; The Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, at 501 N. Profile Parkway; Liberty at the Crossing, at 2088 S. Liberty Drive; and the Liberty Drive location, 1907 S. Liberty Drive.

‘In Plain Sight’ opens

There will be an opening reception tour of Dylan DeWitt’s “In Plain Sight: A City-Wide Art Installation” 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ivy Tech Community College’s main campus, 200 Daniels Way, Bloomington. The installation, with components at all five local Ivy Tech locations, will be on view through Oct. 14. See for more.

Tyler Bass, Ivy Tech’s assistant director of facilities, constructs a school logo from wood which will be used as part of the “In Plain Sight” installation in the main campus lobby. Jeremy Hogan | Herald-Times

Mirrors will be strung from nearly invisible wire from the ceiling of Ivy Tech’s Connie and Steve Ferguson Academic Building and anchored to the elevated wood community college logo. Courtesy image

The floating mirrors in “In Plain Sight” at Ivy Tech create a visual conundrum. Courtesy photo

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About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.