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Fancy a go on a musical see-saw? Hit Coal Drops Yard

Head to King's Cross for a playful new installation called Wave-Field, Variation F

Last night we headed to Coal Drops Yard for the rather awks-named Wave-Field, Variation F, a fun new installation now the nights are getting (a bit) warmer.

It’s basically an #Instagold outdoor display of half a dozen illuminated musical seesaws to clamber on – just make sure you have a mate of similar weight to balance you out the other end.

Created by The Lateral Office and CS Design, with a soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama, the see-saws thrum at rest, before bursting into “a symphony of sound” in motion. Clever, huh?

They really do seem to usher out your inner child: on our visit the shrieks could be heard from the raised path by the canal. And we like the idea of the punter being the catalyst for the artwork to come to life, the music growing in intensity as more people get involved.


After all that spontaneous creativity, there are some handy places dotted around Coal Drops for a restorative drink: laidback vermouth bar Vermuteria is directly next to the installation, or try Barrafina or Hicce for something more formal – or a craft beer at our fave, the tiny House of Cans.

Wave-Field, Variation F, will be in Coal Drops Yard until 17th March 2019. Free entry.

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