Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Stunning artwork to light up Cheshire East

Illuminated Seesaws to turn North into Musical Playground!

A hugely-popular travelling light & sound installation is set to wow crowds in Cheshire East this November!

Wave-Field, a world-famous interactive art installation in the form of illuminated music generating seesaws, is embarking on a tour of the north of England, from October to December.

Cheshire East will host it in Lyceum Square, in Crewe, from 21 November until 1 December. This is a free event that will be open from 3pm – 8pm on weekdays and 11am – 8pm on weekends.

The giant illuminated seesaws, originating from Canada, ‘encourage interpersonal relationships with strangers and consolidate existing relationships between friends and family’, according to creators Lateral Office and CS Design, and features futuristic soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama.

Wave-Field is intended as a playful installation that makes art accessible to all. Residents and visitors are encouraged to become active participants in the art. When motionless, the seesaws are dimly lit and emit a low sound, inviting passers-by to participate. When set in motion, the seesaws burst into sound and light, which becomes richer as more users partner up, encouraging interactions and ‘the development of relationships, new and old’.

Wave-Field will visit Crewe, thanks to support from Cheshire East Council, Arts Council England, Crewe Town Council, and Quays Culture. The internationally renowned artwork will also be visiting Leeds, Blackpool and Salford Quays as part of the ‘Light up the North’ network. The installation will support the new Crewe cultural strategy, which identifies goals to compliment  the regeneration of Crewe through culture and heritage, and aims to create an environment where inspiration, innovation and creativity lead the economic growth of the area.

Wave-Field supports the strategy’s aim of creating a confident and distinctive cultural offer in Crewe, as well as a strong creative and digital sector. Wave-Field’s tour to Crewe will coincide with Lumen, Crewe’s Night of Lights, organised by Crewe Town Council.

After its phenomenally successful launch last year, Lumen returns to Crewe on 29 November. Lumen includes striking contemporary light installations, building projection and live performances. Wave-Field will be a key attraction at Lumen.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for cultural economy, said: “This is excellent news for all Cheshire East residents and not just those in Crewe. Wave-Field, coinciding with Lumen, will be a very exciting time and draw visitors from all over to see Lyceum Square lit up in a magical and stunning way.

“The addition of these interactive, musical seesaws will allow both residents and visitors to interact with their children, friends, family or to engage with a stranger for a unique experience – bringing an art installation to life.”

Councillor Benn Minshall, Mayor of Crewe said: “We are currently seeing a number of projects being developed for Crewe – a new Cultural Strategy, a new Heritage Strategy and a Place Branding project – all of which are designed to create a fresh, multi-faceted perspective in terms of how people view the town.

“There is already a wide-ranging program of projects and events for local residents to get involved in, with the next one being Lumen, and to have the opportunity of hosting a project such as Wave-Field as a feature piece is fantastic news. Arts and culture are the ties which bind us all together. I would like to encourage everyone to come from as far and wide as possible to take part in what is sure to be a wonderful and interactive experience”.

Wave-Field is a strategic commission which supports Cheshire East’s SHIFT programme, which celebrates digital culture in Cheshire East.

Alongside the installation we are enabling local people to see behind the scenes of the art work in Crewe and Salford through our Digital Ambassador scheme. Visit www.shift-digital.co.uk for more details.

 

 

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CS Design, Architectural Lighting Consultants|

CS Design was formed in 2008 to fill the need for local, non-partial, lighting design consultation in the field of architecture, art and urban design. Approaching lighting design from the perspective of the architect, CS Design seeks to complement and elevate architectural designs with a simple and integrated approach. Their expertise includes electric lighting specification, custom fixture design, daylighting in buildings, and energy efficiency. Recent work has focused on exploring how light can shift ones experience of an object or place.
Mitchell Akiyama, Composer & Artist

Mitchell Akiyama is a Toronto-based scholar, composer, and artist. His eclectic body of work includes writings about plants, animals, cities, and sound art; scores for film and dance; and objects and installations that trouble received ideas about history, perception, and sensory experience.

 

Lateral Office, Experimental Design Practice

Founded in 2003 by Lola Sheppard and Mason White, Lateral Office operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The studio sees architecture as something to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment, engaging in the wider context and climate of a project–social, ecological, or political. Recent work focuses on powerful design relationships between public realm, infrastructure, and the environment.
Senior Communications Officer: Claire Hand

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Email: claire.hand@cheshireeast.gov.uk