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Street Swings Are a Great Way to Spruce Up Sidewalks

Posted By Moe Beitiks On October 5, 2010 @ 5:30 pm In Art,Urban design | 2 Comments

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You know what the problem with sidewalks is? Aside from the concrete, it’s that they’re boring. Seeking to add some life to the drab grey pedestrian paths, artists Akay [2] and Peter went around Stockholm, Sweden hanging 65 fun, ninja-like swings for the public to play with. The swings are made from rope, crates, cardboard [3] and streetside creativity, for the sole purpose of remixing urban space and encouraging sidewalk enjoyment. Read on to learn more about these streetside playground interventions!

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The swings are featured in the artists’ book, Urban Recreation [5], which details all their pranks and installations and playtimes. With water parks [6], dirt tables [7], toast coasters [8], and glassphemy [9] springing up around the globe, it seems that joy and whimsy are necessary elements of sustainable design.

+ Urban Recreation [10]

Via Wooster Collective [5]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/10/streetswings-ed01.jpg

[2] Akay: http://www.akayism.org/

[3] cardboard: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/03/ingenious-cardboard-packaging-folds-to-fit-any-shape/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/10/streetswings-ed03.jpg

[5] Urban Recreation: http://www.woostercollective.com/2007/01/urban_recreation_from_akay_and_peter.html

[6] water parks: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/31/german-water-park-makes-wastewater-recycling-fun/

[7] dirt tables: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/11/clever-dirt-table-turns-the-plant-world-upside-down/

[8] toast coasters: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/19/toast-shaped-cork-coasters-make-breakfast-more-fun-to-eat/

[9] glassphemy: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/15/glassphemy-a-way-to-recycle-glass-bottles-with-fury/

[10] + Urban Recreation: http://www.dokument.org/renderViewProduct.asp?p=shop&product=1691

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