Temporary, interactive art exhibit brings Pentagon and Crystal Cities together…and strangers, too

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The Crystal City Business Improvement District, or the BID, has re-purposed an old parking lot into The Grounds — a bridge between Pentagon City and Crystal City. 

Until Monday, The Grounds will feature 16 light up seesaws that make music when in motion — an art installation known as Impulse. BID worked with a Canadian organization called Creos, which brings art installations around the world.

Impulse was designed and created by Lateral Office and CS Design and produced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.

While The Grounds brings Pentagon City and Crystal City together, BID President, Tracy Sayegh Gabriel, says it brings strangers together, too. “We were really drawn to Impulse in particular because of the light and sound and because it really focused on social interaction and the chance to play and engage your neighbor,” said Gabriel.

A seesaw takes two people to make it work. At Impulse, strangers often leave as friends. 

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