At the Place des Festivals in Montreal, there’s an installation that transforms the simple joy of riding a see-saw into an interactive art performance.
Entitled ‘Impulse’, the installation composed of 30 glowing seesaws was made by CS Design and Toronto-based Lateral Office. Each seesaw lights up and sets off music once people straddle them. Put all 30 seesaws together in motion and the ‘illuminated playground’ becomes an impromptu concert – with ordinary people becoming the musicians themselves.
Nine videos projected across the facades of surrounding buildings also illustrate ‘the notions of balance and unbalance, symmetry and asymmetry, tension and harmony’ of the visual and auditory experience.
‘Every year, we are eager to give Montrealers a new creative winter experience in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles’, said Chantal Rossi, Ville de Montréal Associate Councillor Culture, Heritage and Design
She adds: ‘Luminothérapie’s public installations transform our relationship with the city, beautify it, and give it a wonderful friendly touch’.