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As we get ready to roll into the new year, we should be thinking about ways to create fun and sensational ways to trigger the imaginations of those who live here and those who visit. The advent of Canalside’s Ice Bikes, for example, set off a ripple effect in the media that showcased Buffalo as an imagination-driven, fun-loving city that embraces the wonders of winter.

A BRO reader has passed along a fascinating idea that recently came to life via a collaboration between Toronto and Montreal concept and design firms.

Similar to the musical swing sets that we have featured, this idea takes the basic concept of the teeter totter and enhances the interactive nature of the unit. Instead of simply rocking back and forth (fun on its own), the playground toys are turned into functioning art apparatuses. Each teeter totter that you see here has built-in light and sound mechanisms, which allow the users to make music while illuminating the performance. These modern age teeter totters are timeless. They also appeal to everyone, regardless of age.

We, as a city, should be looking at incorporating more stimulating and interactive public art projects into all parts of Buffalo in years to come.

You can read all about this brilliant interactive public art piece on

Photos: Ulysse Lemerise

*Toronto-based firm Lateral Office and Montreal-based CS Design, in collaboration with EGP Group of Montreal.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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