Impulse launches in Montreal

Photo of Impulse's 30 see-saws. (Photo: Ulysse Lemerise / OSA)
Photo of Impulse’s 30 see-saws. (Photo: Ulysse Lemerise / OSA)

From December 10 to January 31Impulse—a winter installation comprising 30 giant seesaws—is on display at Montreal’s Place des Festivals, transforming the plaza into a vast illuminated playground. The creation is the work of Toronto-based firm Lateral Office and Montreal-based CS Design, in collaboration with EGP Group of Montreal.

The consortium, chosen through an open competition for the sixth annual Luminothérapie event, has created a playful interactive space that will warm hearts of all ages during the cold season.

“Every year, we are eager to give Montrealers a new creative winter experience in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. Luminothérapie’s public installations transform our relationship with the city, beautify it, and give it a wonderful friendly touch. Luminothérapie also keeps Montreal shining bright around the world as a hub of interactive art,” says Chantal Rossi, Ville de Montréal Associate Councillor Culture, Heritage and Design.

The interactive work on the Place des Festivals presents a series of giant illuminated and sound-producing seesaws. To activate them, visitors straddle them like any other seesaw. Once in motion, the built-in lights and speakers produce a harmonious sequence of sounds and lights, resulting in a constantly evolving ephemeral composition.

Through the use of architectural lines, a hypnotic soundtrack and an entertaining illusion of depth, nine architectural video projections echo the seesaws of the Place des Festivals. Playing with the notions of balance and unbalance, symmetry and asymmetry, tension and harmony, the video projections are visual experiments illustrating the original soundtrack created for each video.

The Bureau du design of the Ville de Montréal collaborates with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership annually to plan and produce Luminothérapie.

Further information about Luminothérapie and the creators behind the 2015 edition is available at: