Interactive public art installations that use music and movement to produce a sense of community and well-being

 

Chime is an interactive public musical instrument that provides an inviting structure to interact with. Pedestrians can engage in a community music making experience. Tuned chimes are activated by a simple push on the walls of the structure. Motion from one side is transferred to the opposing side creating further invitation to engage. 

 

Summary: Petals was designed to provide a musical installation that would allow users to play a drum, tambourine or maraca in the form of daisy flowers. Unfortunately, the installation mechanics did not function properly and the installation was scrapped.

What it is: a four part series of interactive musical instruments. Daisies have been selected to complement the existing Laurel Leaf logo and can be bunched together or installed separately. Each of the daisies will encase a musical element and be positioned so that a single user can play a drum, tambourine or maraca. 

How it’s played: The drums will be activated by pushing down on one of the daisies petals, whereby an internal mechanical system, driven by a series of pulleys, will strike a drum. The tambourine and maraca will both be activated by a light tap.

Purpose: Civic Harmony creates interactive public art installations that use music and movement to produce a sense of community and wellbeing. Civic Harmony often patterns their designs on the elements of nature. All of the Civic Harmony installations are designed to stand up to adverse weather and human interaction. The core idea is to create installations that reflect our natural systems and reconnect people to nature through sound and movement.

Summary: Laurel Es is an installation that was designed to be fun, interactive and musical. The Laurel Es was designed to mimic a planter box turned musical instrument.

What it is: As with the original Chime installation, the Laurel Es installation was built with a blend of metal and wood, and designed to respond to touch.

How it’s played: With a simple push to one of the exterior panels, an inner pendulum is activated, which strikes one of the metal, tubular chimes (the fourteen chimes are tuned to notes a fourth apart from each other, in the key of C). The pendulum then swings back and forth, gently rocking the top mounted paddles.

Purpose: Provide an art installation that is interactive and playful in Kings Plaza at Palo Alto’s City Hall

Summary: The Laurel SunDial is sculpture by artist Scott Watkins that integrates the Laurel District Association’s Leaf logo into a transparent SunDial that moves across the public art platform in the Laurel District.

What it is: The Laurel SunDial is the first in a series of installations into the Laurel District’s new Public Art collection. The SunDial is meant to provide a sense of time to all residents and shoppers in the Laurel District. The Laurel Leaf is made up of two waterjet di-cut images of the Laurel District Association’s Laurel Leaf made of 16 gage steel sheet metal fixed to an 11 foot metal post. 

How it’s played: With the sun moving across the sky, the transparent Laurel Leaf cast a colorful green shadow onto the ground that stretches across the Laurel Districts Public Art platform. 

Purpose: Provide an art installation that is interactive and an anchor for the Laurel District’s Public Art Platform. The positioning of this piece is intended to create a distinctive sundial that will provide a unique element to the gateway of the district.

Summary: The Laurel SunDial is sculpture by artist Scott Watkins that integrates the Laurel District Association’s Leaf logo into a transparent SunDial that moves across the public art platform in the Laurel District.

What it is: The Laurel SunDial is the first in a series of installations into the Laurel District’s new Public Art collection. The SunDial is meant to provide a sense of time to all residents and shoppers in the Laurel District. The Laurel Leaf is made up of two waterjet di-cut images of the Laurel District Association’s Laurel Leaf made of 16 gage steel sheet metal fixed to an 11 foot metal post. 

How it’s played: With the sun moving across the sky, the transparent Laurel Leaf cast a colorful green shadow onto the ground that stretches across the Laurel Districts Public Art platform. 

Purpose: Provide an art installation that is interactive and an anchor for the Laurel District’s Public Art Platform. The positioning of this piece is intended to create a distinctive sundial that will provide a unique element to the gateway of the district.

Summary: The Grow installation was designed to inspire the residents, businesses and shoppers of the Laurel district to always continue to grow. 

What it is: The installation is a waterjet di-cut lettering of the letters G R O W made of 16 gage steel sheet metal. The installation plays off of the Laurel District Association’s Laurel Leaf logo and is a static image that casts a shadow from the sun onto flower pots that encircle the installation. The installation was featured in a live street art painting session during the Laurel District’s annual Street Fair. 

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Civic Harmony creates interactive public art installations that use music and movement to
produce a sense of community and wellbeing. Civic Harmony often patterns their designs on
the elements of nature. All of the Civic Harmony installations are designed to stand up to
adverse weather and human interaction. The core idea is to create installations that reflect our
natural systems and reconnect people to nature through sound and movement. Each
installation can be connected to a digital webpage with games, activities and instructions on
how to play the instruments.

 
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