The Sights of 14th street

Over the last several months on my commute to and from work, I began to notice something very interesting. Along 14th street in Downtown Denver, I began to notice various sculptures of looking devices such as TV’s, phones, cameras, etc. that I could look through or into to see pictures displayed against the surrounding street.

Out and About

Your challenge will be to see how many of these sculptures you and your children can find. To help you along your adventure, visit the website for this art installation where you can find the map of where all the different sculptures reside. I encourage you to see how many of these you can find. Some are trickier to find than others, and I still haven’t found all of them yet myself.

Your Turn

When you get home, create your own looking device using the following supplies


Tracing paper, scissors, plastic wrap, colored pencils, pencil, cardboard tube, tape, and rubber band

Cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tube

Plastic wrap (piece big enough to fit over the end of your tube)

Clear tape

Tracing paper

Rubber band


Colored pencil

To make your looking device, first trace a circle around the base of your cardboard tube onto your tracing paper.

Pencil tracing the bottom of the cardboard tube onto the tracing paper.
Trace the bottom of the cardboard tube onto the tracing paper.

Next, draw a small picture in the center of the circle. I would suggest drawing an animal or person so you can make up stories about them later. Don’t fill the whole circle as you’ll want to see the outside world around your picture while looking through your tube.

A small bear is being draw in the center of the circle.
Draw a small picture in the center of the circle.

Next, cut out the picture.

Cutting out the bear drawing
Cut out your drawing

Next, tape your picture on the center of the plastic wrap.

The bear is being taped down onto the plastic wrap
Tape your drawing onto the center of your piece of plastic wrap

Next, secure the plastic wrap onto the end of the cardboard tube using the rubber band to hold it in place. When doing this, make sure your picture is somewhat centered in the end of the tube. Feel free to also trim the extra plastic wrap so that your looking device is less bulky.

The teddy bear is attached to the tube with a rubber band holding down the plastic wrap
Using a rubber band, attach your drawing so it is centered on the bottom of the tube

Once your looking device is all done, hold it up to your eye with the other eye closed. Can you see your picture, against the world around you or background? You may have to move your looking device closer to or away from your eye to see both your picture and the background. Keep trying until you can see both through the tube. Once you have found a good distance to hold the tube from your eye, take a trip around your neighborhood and see where you can “put your drawing” while looking through your tube. Can you make it look like your drawing is sitting in a tree or on top of a house? Encourage your child to make up stories about their drawing and its changing surroundings as they look through the tube.

Adventurer’s tip: If you have small children that can’t draw so small in the circle, you can help them cut out small pictures from a magazine or use small (preferably clear) objects to tape onto the inside of their looking device. This may change how the light shines through the picture or object, but play around with it and see what you can come up with.

We here at Inquisitive Lantern would love to see your and your children’s projects. Please share them and your feedback at the end of this post. Please note though that Inquisitive Lantern will approve all posts for their family friendly content before they become public.

Happy Adventuring!




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