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Glowing musical seesaws coming to downtown

Impulse a public art installation where public gets to be musicians and artists, city says
The Impulse art installation (Suppied)

A unique and interactive art installation is coming to downtown Fort St. John this month.

The city will host Impulse from Feb. 11 to 22 at 100 & 100, which the city describes as a “public art installation made up of illuminated seesaws where the public gets to be musicians and artists.”

"Part playground apparatus, part interactive installation, the multiple seesaws transform the space with the sound and light emitted when people play on them," says the city in a news release.

"To activate the seesaw, one person sits down on each end. The seesaws, fitted with LED lights and speakers, produce a series of beautiful sounds. The intensity of the light varies as the board’s angle changes.

"The closer you get to the work and the more you play on the seesaws, the more you notice subtleties in the installation and details in the sound and light. Impulse is an urban installation that renews itself for each different audience. Each person becomes, while on the seesaws, the player of a novel instrument."

Opening night will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, and hosted by the Fort St. John Arts Council will host the opening night, Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be music and hot chocolate.

The temporary installation is being funded by a $94,966 grant from the federal government.

"Art has a magical power to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary," said Eryn Griffith, the city's arts and culture manager."

"We cannot wait to see our community enjoying this temporary public art installation while reimagining the possibilities of our downtown."

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