Union Terrace Gardens is a public park situated on Union Terrace in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The gardens opened to the public in 1879.  The Victorian public toilets, which were closed down in 2000, are a note-worthy feature of the gardens.  Regeneration and redevelopment of the gardens has been, and continues to be, the subject of local discussion and controversy.

The ampitheatre-like green space that forms the focal point of the film is locally known as ‘the bowl’.

the bowl image 1

This film was made on Monday 31st March 2014, using a digital video camera that recorded from 9 a.m. until 5.30pm.  The camera was set up at street level in order to enhance our interactions with the public.

Every hour we walked around the park recording the soundscape using binaural microphones.

The inspiration for makin this time-lapse film came from Dawn Lyons and Kevin Reynold’s film of Billingsgate fish market.

We would like to thank the following people and organisations for their support in making this film:

  • Alan Marcus, Department of Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen
  • Linda Stephen, School of Education, University of Aberdeen
  • Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council
  • The public for their interest and contributions
  • The Caledonian Research Foundation/Royal Society of Edinburgh for funding a European Visiting Research Fellowship
  • The University of Aberdeen for a grant from the Principal’s Interdisciplinary Fund
  • His Majesty’s Theatre for use of their facilities

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