Wave-field Variation Q

Queen Square
Latitude and Longitude
51.450818, -2.593872
Thursday to Saturday, 5pm - 11pm Sunday, 5pm - 10pm

A playground of light-up musical seesaws will pitch up in Bristol’s Iconic Queen Square for the First Edition of Bristol Light Festival.

The interactive art exhibition is made up of a series of seesaws, which are dimly lit and emit a low sound when still. When passers-by climb on and play, they burst into sound and light, becoming more joyful as more people join in.

The playful installation aims to make art accessible and engaging for all, and to encourage encounters between strangers, friends and family encouraging encounters and the development of relationships, new and old.

Wave-Field Variation Qwas dreamed up by Canadian designers from Lateral Office and CS Design, with a soundscape by Toronto composer Mitchell Akiyama, and has been touring the UK this winter.


Lateral Office, founded in 2003 by Lola Sheppard and Mason White, is an experimental design practice that 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.

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 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.


• Watershed is the nearest accessible toilets.
• Queen Square is a lawned square with wide gravel paths.
• The grass has been covered with protective trackway
• The artwork consists of seesaws which light up as they are played with, and a gentle sound installation.

You can find an access guide on the DisabledGo website. You can also look at a route plan on the DisabledGo website.