Once the car chime was built it was time to test it and get people to interact with it. We wanted to display at least one of the projects on the roadside so we went down to Crawford school and hung the chime from a smoking bunker at the roadside. We then observed people interacting with it and asked them to try and depict what they saw, a lot of them pieced together that it had to do with road deaths but didn’t realised that it was related to Cork.
This was a useful experience and it also opened other peoples eyes to figures and facts that they might not have thought about before.
I began this process by purchasing 30 toy cars from Dealz. Originally I planned to spray paint the cars, however the material of the cars made the spray paint come off really easily.
I then decided to just paint the cars, the colour I went with was black, mainly because black is a colour you would associate death with, especially at funerals. The colour is certainly used as a visual variable.
The wind chime encodes our data set, specifically an average number amount of deaths in Cork over the last 10 years which was 10. The cars were suspended from string all at the same height to give the effect that all the cars were crashing into each other. The idea was when the wind hits the cars it would make it look like they were all crashing into each other.
1. Tooth Picks
The idea is to get a map of Ireland and map out on the map using tooth picks, the average amount of car fatalities over the past 10 years and this would be done on a county to county basis. An element of colour and the height of the toothpicks would depict the amount of deaths etc.
– Map of Ireland
Important that we take photos of each of the processes from start to finish as we will be documenting this.
2. Daisy Chains
The daisy chains will represent the lowest average amount of deaths throughout the 4 provinces over the past 10 years, each chain will be coloured in their counties colour to show to the person interacting with what county the casualty took place in.
The whole point to get across is, regardless of them being the lowest rate, they are still counted as deaths and it gets across the point that every life is valuable.
The lowest amounts are:
3. Jelly Babies
This one will display the highest averages of deaths per province. Similar to the last one but this time it’s displaying the opposite value.
The highest amounts are:
Display the average amount of deaths in Cork alone for the past 10 years. This will be done by suspending the cars from wires at the same level. Potentially hanging from a cardboard cutout of cork and have it displayed outside as almost like a wind chime by the road, the wind will take the movement of the cars to make it look like they are hitting off each other.
Deaths in Cork over the past 10 years: 22
– Toy cars
– string (possibly invisible)
– cardboard cut out of cork
We came across a project similar enough to what we want to do but we are not sure how difficult it would be to execute! This project is able to visualize the changing factors in different regions of Italy and it sizes them based on these numbers. This is done through the use of an arduino.