Seaport Boston, USA
An interactive work that will warm hearts of all ages
Impulse is a publicly activated light and sound experience. The project uses the idea of repetitive units of subtle light and sound that can be played by the public to create a temporal, ever‐changing event. Impulse embodies ideas of serialism, repetition, and variation to produce zones of intensity and calm.
Your open space is transformed into a space of urban play through a series of interactive illuminated see‐saws that respond and transform when put into motion by people. When not in use, the see‐saws will stabilize to the horizontal and remain at a lower glowing level. When activated by users and inclined, the see‐saws, augmented by LED lights and speakers, will increase in light intensity and emit a randomized sound sequence. This variation in intensity aims to animate the public space and its occupants during the cold and dreary winter. Impulse will be an ever‐changing urban composition and urban instrument, in which city dwellers are the musicians and artists.
The seesaws are so popular that I had to wait in line for a chance to ride one of them, but it was well worth the wait. I think the whole concept of them is pretty cool. I feel like they weren't even made for little kids, which is the best part.
I want to personally thank you (…) for initially bringing Impulse to the attention of Scottsdale Public Art and helping coordinate the transport and installation. (…) All of us here at Scottsdale Public Art very much appreciate the role Creos played in helping with this installation. As you know everyone loved Impulse. It was one of our most popular installations this year and watching the interaction of adults and children was so gratifying. I received a number of emails from visitors asking that we keep the seesaws permanently! (…) This year's Canal Convergence event drew over 80,000 people. And Impulse had much to do with our overall success. I hope we can look at possible projects together in the future.
It is just a wonderful example of the kind of engagement that public art can create.
Thanks for being an amazing partner!
Impulse has been very well received; children and adults alike are enjoying the installation very much, and one hears a lot of laughter and joy from riders.