Stressed out? A lightshow by the Chemical Brothers maestro comes to the City

stress©DA19: stressbuster in foyer of Uncommon Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street, City.The artwork-stressbuster measures a user’s stress © 160519


THIS STUNNING MOVING SCULPTURE is more than a lightshow, it’s a stressbuster. 

Workers in the City or in nearby Shoreditch are invited to pop in to the foyer of Uncommon, a workspace business, to measure their stress level.  

You stick a finger into a connecting device. Your heartbeat then alters the beat of the pulsating sounds bursting out of the expanding and shrinking images in front of you. And no pill needs popping.

Clean fun, although when Loving Dalston tried it at the press launch, both Marcus Lyall, its creator, who has been co-designing Chemical Brothers displays for more than a quarter of a century, and Tania Adir, the owner of the premises, seemed unable to explain how it measured stress. No out-of-ten rating is given.

stress©DA19: light artist Marcus Lyall in foyer of Uncommon Liverpool Street, Liverpool Street, City. The stress-measuring artwork-stressbuster measures a user’s stress © 160519
Unstressed: artist Marcus Lyall, the stressbuster’s creator, at the launch

An off-the-scale result, would have been accurate for Loving Dalston, but the verdict was “a mountain of calm”. If only.

Never mind, the 4m-long interactive light installation makes for a lively yet soothing break and it gives you a chance to look at the office space to let. 

Yes, the artwork is a lure — to get you into the (undeniably stylish) premises that Uncommon wants entrepreneurs to rent. 

David Altheer 210519

* The Crosspoint building, where Uncommon is based, is at 34 Liverpool Street, City EC2M 7PP. It is, says the press release, “London’s most innovative luxury co-working space” and spread over eight floors “with an entire level dedicated to health and wellbeing, with bespoke meditation pods”.

LiverpoolSt©DA19: the actual Liverpool Street, looking down from a City office. © 160519
You may know Liverpool Street station all too well (Is that train ever coming?) but do you know where the street, pictured, is?

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