There are so many things at the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville that make us say “How cool is THAT?” And one of the current interactive exhibits is definitely in that category. If you haven’t seen the interactive seesaws yet, you’ve got to go check it out before it leaves town on May 10, 2021.
The exhibit is called “Impulse,” and it features 12 light-and-sound-enabled seesaws that change when they are activated through play. Adults and kids can play on the seesaws to create a unique effect. Each seesaw is 30 to 40 feet long! And this exhibit is FREE and open to the public day and night.
The seesaws form units that create an ever-changing composition and dynamic light and sound wave. Impulse was first presented as part of the 6th edition of Luminothérapie, in 2015-2016, at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal. The Amazeum installation the first exhibition of Impulse in the mid-South.
Northwest Arkansans of all ages will be delighted to discover this work, which comes to life through public participation. The seesaws are activated like any other seesaw and once in motion, built-in lights and speakers produce a harmonious sequence of sounds and lights resulting in a unique composition. Impulse was created by Toronto-based Lateral Office with Montreal-based CS Design and in collaboration with EGP Group based in Montreal.
Admission to the Amazeum is not required to experience Impulse. The seesaws are still available for play when the museum is not open.
But if you do decide to make a whole morning or afternoon of it, here’s what else you’ll find at the Amazeum — a hands-on, interactive museum featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities for families. It’s located at the intersection of J Street and Museum Way in Bentonville, and Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, the 3M Tinkering Hub, Hershey’s Lab, Nickelodeon PlayLab, the Market sponsored by Walmart and nearly one acre of outdoor space.