Montreal's Place des Festivals' seesaws combat the winter blues
Winning design of sixth edition of Luminothérapie competition an interactive playground of lights and sound
Montrealers have a new playground at Place des Festivals — a playground of lights, sounds and seesaws.
Impulse is an interactive work comprised of 30 seesaws of various sizes, fitted with LED lights and speakers.
It was the winning design of this year's sixth edition of the Luminotherapie competition, a prize set up to stimulate creativity in the design of works for public spaces.
For the child in each of us
Conor Sampson, a principal with CS Design and one of the architects involved in creating Impulse, said the firm was looking for "something fun and outside our comfort zone."
"Ultimately it was important that my children would like to visit," Sampson said.
As people sit down on them, the seesaws produce a series of beautiful sounds and emit light of various intensities, depending on the angle of the board.
"When you see them at rest, they form an interesting pattern," Sampson said.
"But what is really exciting is when they're moving at different tilts and speeds, and the tones of music start to synchronize or de-synchronize. There's something really exciting about the randomness."
Impulse is at the Place des festivals until Jan. 31, 2016.