The Specialist Buyers Guide for Professionals in The Landscape Industry
Percussion Play create exciting, outdoor musical instruments for all ages to explore - bringing the joy of playing percussion to the outside world.
Percussion Play instruments combine sculpture with music and are ideal for landscape architects, local authorities and playground designers looking for dynamic, interactive playful items which add energy and soul to outdoor spaces. Our instruments make people stop, they challenge the individuals who encounter them, whatever their age. Integrated with local architecture or landscaping they cross the boundaries of usual play equipment and allow music making possible for any member of the public to enjoy - making them intriguing, irresistible and fun.
Constructed of durable, easily cared-for materials to avoid the worst effects of the elements, all instruments are designed to avoid costly or long term maintenance. Where possible we've designed the instruments to be played simply by using your hands. Where beaters are required, we've engineered them as one complete piece so the ends do not become separated and they're attached using coated stainless steel cables. Most of the instruments themselves are made from stainless steel or aluminium with high corrosion resistance, making them outdoor musical instruments which stand out in terms of durability and performance.
Percussion Play instruments are designed to encourage audience participation in a hands-on way, to provide opportunities for meaningful engagement whilst outdoors.
So, whether you are looking for an unusual addition for a school playground, sensory garden, local park, large urban park or community area, Percussion Play has a solution to effortlessly bring music to your open space.
Acoustic Arts is an independent UK company specialising in the design and construction of outdoor musical instruments for educational, recreational and therapeutic settings. Since 1995 the team of musicians and craftsmen has supplied high quality installations to clients from Singapore to the USA.
According to recent research there is ‘a vast amount of compelling evidence’ showing the ‘beneficial impact of actively making music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children.’* As the squeeze on creative arts in UK schools continues, the time may have come to look at alternative ways to engage and inspire the Beethovens and Biebers of tomorrow.
Acoustic Arts was set up in 1990 specifically to promote outdoor learning and creative play through music. In addition to providing open-air workshops for schools, arts and community groups, the team has specialised in designing and building large-scale, public percussion instruments that are accessible to all ages and abilities.
The award-winning designs have been installed in museums, theme parks, sensory gardens and family attractions in the UK and around the world. Recent clients include The Horniman Museum in London, Springfield Museum in Massachusetts, The National Museum of Scotland, Willows Activity Farm and The Olympic Park in Stratford.
Acoustic Arts’ products are known for their sound quality and reliability, but the team also places great importance on the aesthetic aspects of its designs. As well as developing bespoke musical sculptures and installations in consultation with clients, the company offers a ready-made range of elegant outdoor musical instruments available from its online catalogue.
Popular models include drums, chimes, xylophones and scrapers. These are accurately and compatibly tuned instruments offering a chance for both individual exploration and for group activities and performance. With minimal effort, the instruments will produce a bright, resonant tone to delight all players, regardless of experience. The all-round access and multi-sensory appeal of the designs help to create a stimulating and dynamic play environment that invites interaction, whether social, emotional, physical, intellectual or otherwise.
The instruments are constructed from re-purposed industrial materials to provide a robust and long-lasting resource suitable for all seasons. Timber frames are hand-crafted from locally sourced English larch. By using naturally durable materials, processing is kept to a minimum and products retain their looks and performance over time with minimal maintenance.
Instruments come with a choice of steel or timber frames to suit different climates and locations. They can be purchased singly or in sets to create a sculptural focal point, a musical trail or a dedicated play and performance area. The EN1176 compliant installations are delivered pre- assembled within 4-6 weeks of ordering. They come complete with galvanised steel legs for concreting into any surface.
*Music Education Council, 2015
Outside Structure Solutions are Shade and Shelter Specialists excelling in the supply and installation of canopies and outside structures. We have an extensive range of canopies with designs to suit all applications. There are fixed or retractable roof systems with frames made of aluminium or timber as well as more traditional awnings and shop canopies.
Outside Structure Solutions only supply the best quality structures to ensure that you get a canopy which will last for years to come. An installation service is available and some canopies can be supplied for you to install yourself.
We are factory-approved suppliers for all our canopies meaning that you have peace of mind knowing that the canopy will suit your needs and will work properly from the moment it is installed.
Outside Structure Solutions have an extensive range of canopies to suit most applications. Please view our website to explore our full range.