November 19

Light Up The Night

Art installations illuminate SLU after dark.

Seattleites can expect a little more sparkle in South Lake Union over the next few months. Creos, an arts agency that facilitates temporary public interactive installations, is bringing four special displays to the neighborhood from November 22 to December 31. You can view these installations from 8am to 10pm daily.

Here’s what to watch for this winter:

Impulse, 2121 7th Ave.

Bob up and down on six see-saws that are illuminated by LED lights and augmented by speakers. This display will transform public space into an activated light and sound experience. This bright, cheery opportunity for urban play will delight the young and young at heart. Created by Lateral Office and CS Design, produced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

Outdoor art installations that are adult size see-saws that light up in the night.

Oscillation, 2121 8th Ave.

Movement makes magic in this unique installation. Giant crystals come alive and play different sounds depending on how close you get to them. Moving and dancing around this display will create different sounds and will refract light and reflect colors in a variety of ways depending on angle and position. Created by The Urban Conga.

Outdoor art installations that are prism shapes lit up with bright colors.

Prismatica, 2250 7th Ave.

Wander around a modern-day ice palace made up of 25 6-foot tall pivoting prisms. Each prism is made of panels covered with a dichroic film that reflects colors that vary with light source and perspective. Each prism is mounted on a base containing a projector that gives the installation a new dimension after nightfall. Plus, the prisms trigger variable-intensity bell music as they rotate. Created by RAW Design, produced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

Passage, 426 Terry Ave. N.

Make your way through an open tunnel of light and sound in Passage. This immersive and interactive installation consists of 20 circles of light that form a tunnel that you can walk through. The passage through the tunnel activates light animations and sounds. Created by Serge Maheu, produced by MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

Outdoor art installations that are a lit up tube to walk through at night.

These interactive displays are free and open to the public and they’re best viewed after dark. As a reminder, everyone within exhibition boundaries are asked to wear a face covering and practice social distancing by maintaining a 6ft, or 2m distance, between themselves and others. Additionally, all installations will be cleaned hourly for your health and safety.

For updates, follow Discover South Lake Union on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag us in your photos.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs by Nicole Abbett for 'Oscillation,' Ulysse Lemerise for 'Impulse,' Serge Maheu for 'Passage,' & Cindy Boyce for 'Prismatica.'


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