Daily Tous Les Jour’s interactive kinetic sculpture, The Swings, delighted kids of all ages at the recent Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. The oversized playground swing set comes to life as visitors swing, lighting up and emitting sound with every movement. The public installation lets users transform their entire bodies into instruments for making beautiful music together. See The Swings in action after the jump.
Each of the individual swings makes a sound when rocked back and forth. When each swing is occupied, the installation can compose a musical piece, stringing together each tone as different users move. Some tones are only achievable with user cooperation, creating a bond between the people enjoying the swings. Users can also work together to manipulate the sounds, relying on team work to create a a special tune.
Aside from making beautiful collective music, The Swings transforms at night. With every push and pull, the colored swings illuminate with LED lights. From a distance, the movement of each swing leaves a glowing trail, which appear as streaks of light from a distance.
The Swings is more than just a musical instrument or interactive installation. As Daily Tous Les Jours says, the piece brings together people of all ages, giving them a new experience in music making and experiencing public art. After the Green Box Art Festival, The Swings will go on the road, enlivening urban spaces across the country.
via This is Colossal