WE LOVE TO PLAY
Collaboration is central to our approach, whether it be with the cities and institutions we create for or with the designers, engineers and other specialists who help us bring our projects to life. Our installations also inspire the public to play collaboratively to fully realize their experience of the work.
Wave-Field’s main intention is to give people agency over the urban site the artwork inhabits. All spectators, whether active or passive, are immersed in a heteromorphic soundscape, forming an undulating field that fluctuates between abstract sound expansions. Each seesaw is inhabited by a foreign entity, each with its own temperament and its own musical vocabulary. Set in motion, they burst into a menagerie of electric calls that resonate with the site’s urban pulse, blurring the boundaries between sound and landscape. This installation was created by CS Design and Lateral office with soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama.
‘‘The Loons’’ is an ephemeral interactive installation positioned at the heart of Westmount Park in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Fifteen luminous spherical balloons, one for every decade since the beginning of our constitution, will float several metres above the grassy field. Their formation evokes that of migratory birds and celebrates our country’s identity as a welcoming nation that was largely built by the hands of migrants. As people move through the towering installation, the balloons emit pulsations of light, reflecting the activity of the crowd down below into the night sky. While being a playful centerpiece to Canada Day celebrations for people of all ages, the Loons punctuate the milestone that is Canada’s 150th birthday.
Syncopation (sing-kuh-pey-shuh, noun): v
An interruption of the regular flow of rhythm, caused by placing accents on beats that are normally unaccented.
As the regular movement of people and vehicles are visually telegraphed on the face of one of Calgary’s infamous +15 walkways, this interactive installation invites you to break from your normal routine in the city. Check out the rippling luminous composition that resonates as a result of your movement. This urban intervention is a cross-Canada collaboration with artists, architects and engineers from Calgary and Montreal, including CS Design, the marc boutin architectural collaborative, Iregular, EGP Group and SMP Engineering.