Last night saw the official unveiling of the first cultural installation of the Institute of Imagination at their HQ in Lambeth, London.

With the support from The International Charitable Foundation, The Institute of Imagination invited artists, scientists, technologists, makers and those who work across disciplines to submit ideas for an inspiring installation, which could live interactively within the Imagination Lab.

They wanted the installation to involve all of their participants, primarily kids aged five to 14, to interpret interaction in different ways and in both a physical and digital sense. And a key part of the project was that it have the capacity to change and evolve as thousands of visitors flow through the space, taking part in their brilliant series of events and workshops.

Anemone: An Imagination Touchstone

The brilliantly innovative winning submission was designed by the award-winning Falmouth based creative technology team at Concept Shed. Anemone is a polished steel hemisphere, bristling with over 200 tactile toggle switches, each with an unknown function.

When one of the switches is activated an LED blinks to acknowledge a happening either in the Imagination Lab or somewhere else in the universe. Wirelessly connected, the Anemone can play an instrumental sound, operate a function in the Lab space or even send a tweet as the Anemone has it’s own twitter account @ioisphere.

Each of the bespoke switches can be reprogrammed to align with the Imagination Lab’s changing programme of themes and to interact with physical environments across the city of London and beyond.

Anemone will be on permanent display at the Imagination Lab on London’s Albert Embankment where they will be continuing to put on great events to inspire and spark the imaginations of kids and adults alike. Their next event – Metropolis will explore the evolving city through material, shape and function. Find out more on their website

The making of Anemone by Concept Shed for The Institute of Imagination

Components from Anemone by Concept Shed