Farnell Supports Science Influenced Art

FAR243_low_resolutionFarnell has supported acclaimed artist Renny Nisbet with the donation of product for use in his thought provoking works of art at the Porthcurno Sculpture Garden in Saint Levan, Cornwall. Opened on May 28, 2009, the garden features a series of large-scale art works influenced and inspired by science.

Renny’s works for the Gardens are ‘Soundings’, which takes signals picked up by a disused cable on the ocean floor and turns them into audio played out over a speaker in the Gardens; and ‘Transmission’, an interactive logic maze that celebrates the fact that Porthcurno is part of a sequence of destinations that carry a message around the world.

Commenting on Soundings, Renny Nisbet says: “I’d been impressed by the physical connection which the cables terminating at this point had maintained with the network of Telegraph Stations around the World. On learning that one of these disused cables remained relatively intact, I was intrigued to know whether any form of electrical signal might be present. Confirming this allowed the development of a system to monitor these signals and generate corresponding audio that is played back to visitors in the Garden, in much the same way a conventional radio set emits the sound of broadcast signals.”

Alan Paterson, General Manager for Farnell UK & Ireland commented: “Providing Renny with materials to be able to create these pieces of art and technology has been of great interest to Farnell. Technology is ever-evolving and as a leading distributor of innovative products, it has been a pleasure supporting Renny to see these technologies used in different ways. We have watched with great interest as the sculptures have developed, bringing alive the history of communications from the UK to the rest of the world, as well as connecting with the great advancements in connective technology we see today.

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