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Impulse: An Interactive Art Exhibit Featuring Lights, Music, and Seesaws


March 10, 2017

This spring, Navy Pier is offering city dwellers the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to create music and art with seesaws. 

The exhibit, created by Lateral Office and CS Design and produced by Montreal-based performing arts theater Quartier des Spectacles, features 15 seesaws ranging from 16 to 24 feet in length. Each is equipped with spectacular LED lighting, unique sounds, and motion-sensory technology. Guests can activate illuminations and audible tones while moving on the seesaws (or teeter-totters, depending on who you ask). The display is entirely interactive and encourages pier-goers to make music and art together.

The exhibit, inspired by the cover art of the 1979 Joy Division album, Unknown Pleasures, symbolizes the relationship between both visuals and sound. This will be its second time in the United States, the first being Scottsdale, Arizona. The exhibit has also been featured in Montreal, Brussels, and London.

Be sure to check out these incredible urban instruments before they leave later this spring! Impulse is located in Polk Bros Park from March 10 – May 21, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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