I came across this thanks to the brilliant www.thisiscolossal.com blog.
Every spring an interactive installation takes over a high-traffic area in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. This year’s installation was by a Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours and called 21 Balançoires (21 Swings).
The installation offers a fresh look at the idea of co-operation – the notion that we can achieve more together than alone. The result is a giant musical instrument made of 21 interactive swings. Pre-recorded sounds from a xylophone, piano, and other instruments were programmed into color-coded swings that when in use play various notes, however when swung in unison with careful cooperation, more complex melodies and harmonies arise. An additional “secret mode” was programmed to only play when all 21 swings were in use.
What a fantastic use of space that not only brings people together but encourages them to play a part in creating art. I think it’s a wonderful idea and something that should be encouraged in all public places as standard. The benefits of people acting together and being involved in something creative is well known, our public spaces should positively encourage it for the benefit of everyone.
Check out the video below.