Tunnel vision. The very term makes me think about the recent UK decision to leave the European Union, the Trump supporters who want to build a wall and the old folks in Russia who want to return to the glory days of the Soviet Union when your neighbor could turn you in as a traitor but at least you had a steady job. This week was one of those rare occasions where art and politics collided to make a pun for me and that pun involved tunnels.
Tunnel vision is a genuine physical malady where peripheral vision is lost. Tunnel vision is also an idiomatic term used to describe when a person is looking at things from a very narrow point of view. There is no dearth of people suffering from tunnel vision these days. Good peripheral vision is essential when killing cockroaches or keeping an eye on small children. Tunnel vision is dangerous. It makes it difficult to pass a slower car safely. You trip over things. And it makes birds more likely to poop on you because you never saw them coming.
And so, to anyone with tunnel vision who is reading this, you have been warned.
And now for the good tunnel stuff. The Queen Street Tunnel is a plain, soulless expanse that stretches between Front and Swanson Streets and under I-95. Artists Pat Aulisio, Marie Elcin, and Miriam Singer decided that it needed some art to liven it up. So they helped their students at the Fleisher Art Memorial make large drawings and screen prints and then invited volunteers to help wheat paste the art onto the walls of the tunnel.
It sounded like a good excuse to get messy so how cold I resist? The improvement is remarkable. Does that make those who developed the project tunnel visionaries? I think so.
Here are some pictures.