The Tuba Thieves – Scene 55: The Plants Are Protected is part of a complex, gradually unfolding film project in which Alison O’Daniel collaborates with composers, Deaf athletes, musicians and performers. Highlighting acts of listening and aural transformation, O’Daniel reverses the usual filmmaking process by starting with finished pieces of music. She then bases her scenes upon these. For Scene 55: The Plants Are Protected, she asked Deaf sound artist Christine Sun Kim to respond to several aural and visual references. These include news accounts of the tuba thefts, concert hall architecture, the eyelashes of the late sculptor Louise Nevelson, and the patterns a Zamboni makes on an ice rink.