Up Our Street, a community-led organisation in East Bristol, created a temporary Play Zone for one month on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path used by cyclists and pedestrians. The Play Zone was part of a Europe-wide project called URBACT, which looks at how cities can respond to challenges relating to urban resilience.
As part of its aim to broaden use of the cycle path, Acoustic Arts was invited by Up Our Street to supply some temporary large-scale percussion instruments for public use. The instruments were extremely popular with all ages and there were reports of people queuing at 1am over the weekend to have a go on the installations.
The instruments came from a range of highly robust and versatile Steel Frame designs, created for use in diverse terrains and climates and eminently suitable for the export market. Appropriately enough for this project, the frames are made from repurposed cycle stands supplied by Bristol company, Simbars.
Outcome and feedback
Following interest from the community, the instruments immediately went on loan to local schools in East Bristol, including Bannerman Road and Barton Hill Primary schools. Feedback from the schools has been very positive and has helped Acoustic Arts to improve and refine the designs as they are added to their online catalogue.
Acoustic Arts' Steel Frame range of instruments comprises 3 designs: Pipe Drums, Xylophone and Metallophone. As musicians, they take great care to make sure the instruments are accurately and compatibly tuned to maximise their appeal to the educational and leisure sectors.