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April 18 - May 19, 2024 Cowles Commons

Event Details

Venue Cowles Commons

Performance Schedule

This installation will be on Cowles Commons from April 18 - May 19

9 AM - 9 PM
Open at 7AM on Farmer's Market Days
Open until 11PM from April 30 - May 4

An interactive work that will warm hearts of all ages.  

Impulse is an interactive work comprised of seesaws of various sizes, with lighting and sound.  The installation and its streamlined design will delight children and adults as they play with the effects it produces, filling the space with a dance of sounds and lights and bringing joy through the days and nights. 

Part playground apparatus, part interactive installation, the 15 seesaws transform the space with the sound and light emitted when people play on them. To activate the seesaw, one person sits down on each end. The seesaws, fitted with LED lights and speakers, then 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. 

The activation is a joint endeavor between Des Moines Performing Arts and Operation Downtown, in partnership with the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Impulse is a production of Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and distributed by QDSinternational.

Event Details

Venue Cowles Commons
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