StreamLines: Wild City
Artist: Mary Miss
Date created: Oct 04, 2023
Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory created five installations for StreamLines including one at Fall Creek in Indianapolis. The theme for the site at Fall Creek was “Wild City” and explored waterways as a habitat corridor. Topics at the site included temperature, combined sewer, recreation, biodiversity, recreation, riparian, contamination and runoff.
Fall Creek, like many waterways around Indianapolis, is a haven for plants and animals. Aquatic mammals, birds, fish, turtles, insects, and other animals inhabit its waters and banks. The rich vegetation growing alongside the creek provides additional habitat for numerous creatures, as well as parkland for people to enjoy its natural beauty. The creek also acts as a wildlife highway that allows animals to move through the river or along its banks from one area to another. Over 30 species of fish and 90 species of birds can be found at Fall Creek!
StreamLines was an interactive, place-based project that merged the sciences and the arts to advance the community’s understanding and appreciation of Indianapolis’ waterways. This work was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation and was modeled on the City as Living Laboratory/FRAMEWORK. StreamLines featured a collection of installations along Indianapolis’ waterways and adjacent greenspaces inviting the community to learn, explore and experience the science of local water systems through visual art, poetry, dance and music. StreamLines was administered by the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University. For more information, visit StreamLines.org or on social media as @StreamLinesIndy.