Action-Research Project - Public Art West Midlands, Dec 2001.

The Action - Research project enabled us to work in West Bromwich where we discussed crime, crime prevention and perceptions of policing with the West Midlands Police and local people. We recorded the whistles of the people we met during the research including police officers and residents. We decided to use whistling as it has nostalgic associations with the 'bobby on the beat'. Most of the whistled tunes are taken from familiar law and order television shows and films.

The recorded whistles were played from a series of hidden speakers at three locations on the High Street, West Bromwich, The sound installation was humourous in the selection of tunes and its positioning near to public commercial buildings. Whistler is a playfully ineffective method of deterring street crime; it was an attempt at a subtle transformation of this public yet impersonal space.

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