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Light Up Seesaws Turn Downtown Dallas Into a Playground for Adults

You're Never Too Old to Act Like a Kid

BY // 04.19.19

We all have days where we just want to be a kid again. Where you can just go to the park and play for a couple of hours. And now, for the next two and half weeks, Dallas has an artsy pop-up playground for downtown workers and visitors to take a break and embrace their inner kid.

IMPULSE, an art installation of 12 LED seesaws, that when activated by people result in light and sound, is now open for play at Sammons Park in the Dallas Arts District. It will be open until this Monday, April 22 and then it moves to Main Street Garden from April 25 to May 6.

Started as the 6th edition of Luminotherapie in 2015 and 2016 at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectecales in Montreal, the installation creates an ever-changing composition of dynamic light and sound wave pulses throughout the park.

The exhibit comes to a part of town that doesn’t usually draw a ton of traffic, except when a show is going on at the Winspear or Meyerson Symphony Center, so maybe the seesaws will be a good way to remind people that this area offers plenty worth doing.

One of the few times I’ve visited the Arts District was to check out the new mysterious secret bar, Akai, so it could be worth a trip to experience both, especially with the seesaws completely lit up at night.

The Main Street Garden location is sure to attract many visitors, being in the central part of downtown. And this Easter Sunday, there are sure to be kids and parents alike wearing their Sunday best and taking cute-sy photos on the seesaws.

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IMPULSE is currently open from 10 am to 10 pm in the Dallas Arts District. The hours will run 8 am to 11 pm in the downtown location starting April 25.

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