West Palm Beach just installed 12 seesaws as part of a temporary interactive art installation called Impulse that has me full of FOMO. Gimme gimme.
Now, normal seesaws that let you stare into the eyes of a loved one while kicking up in the air and reliving childhood memories of when doing squats was fun, are well and good – but these ones are super fancy. They project light and sound when they’re in motion but kind of just stay lit when nobody’s using them so they manage to really activate whatever public plaza they’re plopped into.
The installation will last from February 15 to March 29 of this year and is the first Florida appearance of the installation that was created by Lateral Office and CS Design in Montreal a few years ago. The project was funded by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (we have one of those here – Downtown Development Board/CRA) and presented by the West Palm Beach Arts and Entertainment District (Holler at the Downtown Arts District).
Traveling installations like this are always able to transform urban spaces, even for a short time, and trigger our collective imaginations about the untapped potential in our neighborhood landscapes.