Those visiting the First National Bank & Trust of Tuttle can learn more about the city with a swipe of the phone.
The new installation includes an interactive art exhibit, the Galerie Tuttle yesterday and today, which uses QR codes and photographs to attract the viewer.
Throughout the building there are over 40 large-scale photographs ranging from Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle’s wedding photo to an aerial view of Braum’s Dairy Farm cattle taken by drone.
In the lower right corner of each room is a QR code. By scanning the code with a phone’s camera, users can open a web page that tells the story behind each photo.
The viewer should be prepared to take a little trip back in time, from the late 1800s to the present day. There are colorful stories about prominent figures in Tuttle’s history as well as everyday sites that are unique to the North County town of Grady.
The project is not, however, simply a Tuttle photographic museum. Creative license has been taken in some cases and properly recognized.
For example, one image appears to be an aged sepia photo of a gravestone at the Silver City cemetery. When the viewer extracts the QR code page, they learn about the time-travel image through the magic of photo editing.
Randy Talley said the team worked for months to compile visual history that dates back to the late 1800s to the present day. Five historians, three historical societies and six photographers each helped bring the project to life.
The Tuttle Historical Society was a great resource, and they knew the value of their treasures. Rather than loan the photos to Talley, he drove straight to their house with a scanner in the trailer.
The inhabitants of Tuttle have also paid close attention to the project. Each year, the bank organizes a photo competition for its calendar. Some of these photos have taken their rightful place in the exhibition.
Shannon Christian, director of Tuttle’s First National Bank & Trust, said she was eager to organize visits to schools, churches and other groups in the city.
The First National Bank of Tuttle will open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 13. Visitors will be able to visit the Tuttle Then and Now gallery, enjoy refreshments from the food trucks, win door prizes and learn about promotions for new customers.
Tuttle First National Bank is located at 5335 E. Highway 37 in Tuttle.