The proposed public art for our Science Centre project is titled Transformation and is informed by the main aims in the design, namely to see science in action.
Designed by artist Annie Cattrell the work is to be sited on the west and south faces corner faces, at a 90-degree angle. The concept is to make a large-scale visually scintillating and kinetic rippling surface that responds to the wind, rain and sunlight. The piece, formed from hundreds of small discs, will appear as a solid surface yet each disc will have the ability to move independently in response to the wind, creating an ever changing pattern and movement across the surface.
Transformation will visually activate and animate the planes of the building giving it a unique ever changing focal point which reinforces the identity of the purpose built Science Centre as a locus of knowledge, academic excellence and creativity. The mutable surfaces have also designed to act as a metaphor for the transformative nature of energy and learning, in this case the momentum that can happen in a scientific research and its ongoing impact on the world.
A Public Engagement programme has been developed and designed to underpin this material and conceptual theme both in approach and in exploring how the digital and data gathering technologies scientists use inform the process of observation and discovery.