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Luminous Singing Seesaws at Leicester Square Gardens

Heart of London Business Alliance has brought IMPULSE to London’s Leicester Square Gardens, to combat the autumn blues with light and sound therapy for all.

Heart of London Business Alliance has brought IMPULSE to London’s Leicester Square Gardens, to combat the autumn blues with light and sound therapy for all. The name of this initiative is IMPULSE, which was first showcased at Montreal’s light Luminothérapie festival in Canada over Christmas last year. Now, from 5th to 27th October, it’s time for Londoners to come and play in this interactive acoustic and luminous seesaws installation, opened as part of the “Pause and Play” Series.


Forget the blues and immerse yourself in this ever-changing urban instrument. It consists of 15 interactive, light-up, singing seesaws which glow soothingly, emitting pleasing chimes when in motion. Located at Leicester Square Gardens, the aim of this urban playground is to showcase events that reflect the creative and theatrical nature of the area, encouraging the community to enjoy the Square and appreciate the Gardens, visited by 1.5 million people every week.


When not in use, the seesaws stabilise horizontally and remain at a lower glowing level. When activated by users and inclined, the seesaws, wired to LED lights and a speaker, augment in light intensification and emit a sound sequence. The vertical motion creates a dynamic light and sound wave. This is part of a Heart of London project in collaboration with 4 Our Creative Arts, following on from the success of “Swept Up” in October 2015. It’s a programme of changing world-class artistic, and often interactive installations, never before seen in London, which will run from October 2016 into 2017.


The installation, brought to London by Heart of London Business Alliance and supported by Westminster City Council, opens daily during park hours and is free to visit.

Leicester Square Gardens


Photography by 'Dish Photography & Film' for IMPULSE

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