Dimensions: 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet high (at highest point)
Description: This exhibit consists of nine clear acrylic tubes ranging in height from 12 inches to 36 inches. These tubes are arranged in a circle on a sturdy 3’ by 3’ by 12” platform. Each tube has a few inches of colored water in the bottom, and large, multicolored flip-flops scattered around the outside. Visitors smack the tubes over their tops with the rubbery flip-flops to create a pleasing sound. For those who look closely, the action also creates ripples in the water at the tubes’ bottoms.
Concepts: The inspiration behind this exhibit was “Blue Man Group” (who hasn’t wanted to hit those drums and make paint fly!) although we tried to make it a bit tidier for mass consumption. We like the idea of multiple people using this exhibit at the same time to create new songs. One could also, if one wished, get into the science of sound waves and notice how the amount of air space in each tube effects the note it produces.