Teeter totter your way over to Navy Pier and and experience, first-hand, their new exhibit Impulse, an internationally-acclaimed, interactive public art installation that enables guests to engage with a series of 15 musical and illuminated seesaws in Polk Bros Park.
The interactive work is comprised of large scale seesaws with special LED lighting and sound that is activated through the motion of its users. When in use, the seesaws create an ever-changing field of light and sound with the intensity of the light varying as the board’s angle shifts. Through repetition, rhythm, and syncopation, the art work serves as a large scale urban instrument, intended to activate the surrounding public space and engage participants.
The whimsical creation is the work of Toronto-based firm Lateral Office and Montreal-based CS Design, in collaboration with Générique Design of Montreal. The Quartier des Spectacles, the producer of the installation, first presented the piece as part of Luminothérapie, an annual winter experience in Canada from December 10, 2015 to January 31, 2016 (video, below).
The traveling exhibit has made its way through five cities since its debut, including London; Lugano, Switzerland; Brussels; and Scottsdale, Ariz. Chicago is the second U.S. city to experience Impulse.
Impulse will be one of the first major projects identified as a part of the citywide Year of Public Art initiative as 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of the gift of the Picasso work at the Daley Plaza and the 50th anniversary of The Wall of Respect, a seminal piece recognized as one of the first community murals painted in Chicago. Impulse will be on display through May 21st. For more information on this, and other special offerings at the Pier, visit www.navypier.com.