Swings are hands down the best part of a playground. But, even better than a swing is one that plays music as you swing. In Daily tous les jours’ interactive art installation, “The Swings: An Exercise in Mental Cooperation,” each swing triggers a sound that represents one of four musical instruments.
Like “Mesa Musical Shadows”, “The Swings” uses motion sensors that trigger sound to play. When the ten swings are put together, a harmonious sound plays. “The Swings is an interactive installation that offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately,” says a statement on their website.
Also like “Mesa Musical Shadows” and many other Daily tous les jours projects, the art piece brings communities together through the music. ”[The swings] create sociability between citizens by helping to break down barriers between different communities, reducing tensions and creating opportunities for contact,” reads the website. “They help to break down divides between people by offering them collective experiences that transcend their learned behaviours and encourage them to overcome the important but invisible barriers that prevent them from interacting with one another.
The project has won many awards, including IxDA’s Best in Show and the Grand Award of the Shenzhen Design Awards for Young Talents in 2013. It was inspired by their past project, “21 Balançoires”, which started in 2011 and retired in 2014 in Montréal, Canada.
This year, “The Swings” installation will go on a tour around the US, beginning in San Jose, Cali. at Plaza de Cesar Chavez from Aug. 4 to Oct. 2. It open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. From there, it will continue around the U.S. and end after spending two months in Silicon Valley.
Watch the video below to see the project in action.
The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation from Daily tous les jours on Vimeo.