[ASC-list] Science inspired public art in Adelaide

Jan Thomas jan.thomas at amsi.org.au
Mon Nov 29 02:04:38 UTC 2010


South Island of NZ has great stuff about Rutherford, not just in Christchurch.

Jan

Jan Thomas

Executive Officer: Australian Mathematical  Sciences Institute & Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences
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On 29/11/2010, at 12:22 PM, Cathy Sage wrote:

> Hi ASCers, I recently sent this to Kim Carr's department for consideration after getting his department's emailed innovation newsletter:
> 
> A suggestion for the Minister to consider...  a thought I had after getting your innovation newsletter. On a work trip to Europe last year, I regularly came across bronze plaques in footpaths, on buildings, on inns and in other places, even walking tracks, that celebrated the feats of prominent mathematicians, scientists, musicians and thinkers related to that town, building or site. Not only did I enjoy reading about the contribution they each made but it made me think of that place as weighty, intelligent, fostering. It would be great to have more plaques in public places that show not only all locals our cleverness, but also draw interstate and overseas visitors to that conclusion. A recent survey of how Australia is viewed was that it is lightweight... no wonder when we do not have the information of our smarts obviously displayed. The Parkville strip is an obvious opportunity for any number of plaques. Then there's private houses, hospitals, pubs or coffee houses where intellectuals gathered in the past / lived / worked / were born. Or mark the spot where the first computer in the world was built, the first photocopier etc. On big boards outside universities, CSIRO and CRCs, medical research institutes etc have a snapshot of people and inventions that have come from each place. 
> 
> And a bit outside the square but now possible - once we get our national digital highway, we could even project on the outside of libraries the internet / thought traffic that is going on inside at that moment or show the workings of some innovative system - even how technology organises trains across Melbourne and if you are waiting on a platform, where the train you are waiting for is ie show off our brains to the public (these building display technologies are now available and Australia could be an early adopter). 
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> It's a good step to have a newsletter on innovation, but let's do something that grabs everyone's attention please! And makes us all feel differently about ourselves. 
> 
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> On 29/11/2010, at 12:15 PM, Rodney McDonell wrote:
> 
> Hello ASCers, My name is Rodney McDonell, a keen advocate of science communication (and recently signed up ASC member).
>  
> If we are to change the perception of science in key demographics and remind the general public of its importance, then science must be more visible in the community. I believe the best way to achieve this goal is through public art projects that clearly depict science inspired themes. Furthermore, if we are to target key demographics then we should do so through art forms that these persons are most responsive too.
>  
> For these purposes I have recently engaged the services of a group of local artists to design/paint a science inspired street art mural and whilst I'm happy to fund it myself I am also assessing local arts grants and anyone else who is passionate about science communication to contribute financially to the project.
>  
> So if you're like me and you believe science communication on Adelaide’s streets needs to be seriously improved and you would consider financially contributing to this project when further details of costs emerge, then please get in touch with me (podsly at gmail.com) so that I can keep you up to date with the projects movement as further details emerge.
> 
> Thank you.
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