If you work downtown or are just looking for a break from the weekday hustle, head to Brookfield Place starting this Friday and channel your inner-child by hopping on one of the many swings of “The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation” installation. The traveling public artwork is debuting in Manhattan for the first time ever and will be on display for a month for New Yorkers to play on.
Designed by studio Daily tous les jours, this interactive work consists of 21 swings, each representing a musical instrument (a harp, vibraphone, guitar or piano) and different notes. The cooperative element of the work requires that participants adjust their movements with respect to one another in order to unlock the perfect melody—a musical work that has been pre-composed by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.
As the creators write on their site, “Previous installations of The Swings have shown that they bring out people’s instinct to play. Those instincts trump the learned behaviors that create distance between people, and between people and their urban environment.”
The add that The Swings “create sociability between citizens by helping to break down barriers between different communities, reducing tensions and creating opportunities for contact.”
The Swings will be open to all in front of Brookfield Place from June 10th to July 7th.
See a video of them in action here:
More on The Swings can be found here.
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