Building acoustics engagement: a touring, singing building

Lead Research Organisation: University of Salford
Department Name: Unlisted


Note this is an Invited resubmission. The relationship between art and science is eternal. Much great science has been inspired by art and much great art enabled by science. There is perhaps no stronger example of this relationship than the link between the art of sound and the science of acoustics. People of all ages can be moved, awed, inspired and intrigued by great music, grand reverberant spaces and strange new timbres. The sophistication of how we express ourselves with sound has developed with our understanding of the perceptual and physical science of sound. The art of sound will always be a way for many to appreciate, explore and understand science. The 'building acoustics engagement' project will show how new, inspiring and intriguing art can engage curiosity and the desire to know through science. With the aid of a noted artist a large and beautiful new sculpture will tour the country; being sited at four successive locations. This unusual sculpture will be specifically designed to sing when excited by the wind or by people. The visual and aural spectacle of a singing sculpture will inspire many with questions that surround how its strange sounds are naturally generated, propagated and perceived. Hence the tour will be accompanied by a well constructed education package of talks, events and activities delivered by enthusiastic advocates for acoustics and engineering. This will include ... * resources for schools including detailed lesson plans, activities and online resources to complimentKey Stage learning requirements, * resources for the wider public including packs for guided tours, informative signage, accompanying on-site talks and interactive online resources. These fun and accessible components will be designed to enfranchise the public with a greater knowledge of the role of acoustics in art and entertainment, wider technological development, the built environment and environmental law.With the aid of the education component the sculpture will be a highly attention grabbing and attractive vehicle for promoting science appreciation, engagement and even recruitment. By liaising closely with schools and community organisations, marketing for popular events and drawing on the public engagement pedigree of the UK's two principle acoustic research centres (Salford and ISVR); this project will be a highly visible, meaningful and enjoyable experience for the public.


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Description The resultant published research demonstrated the reach and efficacy of developing large art based projects as a means to promote science.

Ref Drumm, I. A., Belantara, A., Dorney, S., Waters, T. P., & Peris, E. (2013). The Aeolus project: Science outreach through art. Public Understanding of Science, 0963662513501741.

This was a partnerships for public engagement project

Reach of Aeolus project based on verifiable numbers

Visits to Aeolus and/or Science of Aeolus Exhibition (unconfirmed, we believe true number is much higher)
53703 (~100K)

In-school workshops by Aeolus team 470

Community activities (festivals, event days, other exhibitions, etc.) 5071

On-site workshops and talks 738

Participants in teacher CPD training 70

Estimated number of primary and secondary students reached through dissemination of project activity resources

Estimated number of readers of press materials (web and print) 15398920

Number of plays for Aeolus related web multimedia 36346

Website hits (outreach site and site) 10000
Exploitation Route The project provided a case study for similar projects demonstrating how opportunities can be exploited and potential pitfalls avoided.
Sectors Other

Description Research findings published in Public Understanding of Science Impact Factor:1.932 Ref Drumm, I. A., Belantara, A., Dorney, S., Waters, T. P., & Peris, E. (2013). The Aeolus project: Science outreach through art. Public Understanding of Science, 0963662513501741.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Impact Types Cultural