Illuminated Playground Offers a Winter Respite

The sixth annual Luminotherapie event in Montreal features 30 giant illuminated seesaws and nine architectural video projections. The installation, named “Impulse,” is a collaboration of Lateral Office, CS Design and EGP Group.


“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, the 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.

Montrealers and visitors can explore the urban playground until January 31, 2016.