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The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation

community, exhibition, family, music

June 10, 2016 - July 7, 2016

12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Brookfield Place New York (BFPL)
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10821

A waiver must be signed to enter The Swings area. We encourage everyone to click HERE and sign the waiver in advance to make the line process quicker. This installation is first come, first served on-site, even if the waiver is signed in advance. The line might close at 7pm or at a time we can reasonable accommodate everyone in line.

Swing and experience collective music-making in this interactive art installation! The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation is a giant, collective musical instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. Each swing represents one of four instruments—piano, harp, guitar, vibraphone—and triggers sound when participants swing back and forth. As certain melodies emerge through cooperation between players, The Swings fosters a sense of community and ownership of public space.

Created by Daily tous les jours, a Montreal-based design studio with a focus on participation and collective experience, the original 21 Swings new media art installation has attracted millions to the Quartier des spectacles area in Montreal, where each swing is swung an average of 8,500 times daily. A proven track record for encouraging collaborations and sparking conversation between strangers, The Swings bring vibrancy to an empty space by encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to gather and experiment.

The Swings was made possible with generous support from the Counseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).


Waiver rules: 

  • Anyone who enters The Swings area must sign a waiver or have a parent/guardian sign for them.
  • A parent/guardian must sign a waiver for anyone under 18 years of age.
  • Children under 36” tall must swing on a parent/guardian’s lap. They cannot be on a swing by themselves or left unattended.


·         No Standing

·         No Jumping

·         Hold on Tight

·         Not Too High

·         Take Turns

·         Parental Supervision Mandatory

THE SWINGS is a new media art installation, not a playground.

Weather: The Swings will close due to weather conditions such as rain and wind. Any delays or closures will be noted on this listing.

Peak Times: During peak times, participants will be limited to 5 minute turns inside The Swings area.

About Daily tous les jours
Daily tous les jours is an interaction design studio with a focus on participation in public spaces. Their projects re-enchant everyday life and stimulate playful encounters, conversations, and ultimately, ignite in people a sense of what is possible. They craft interactive pieces that connect people to their surroundings, and to each other, using the means of our times.

The studio’s work has won numerous international recognitions including Best in Show at the 2013 Interaction Design Awards and the Grand Prize at the 2014 UNESCO Shenzhen Design Awards. It has been featured in publications such as Frame Magazine, Fast Company, International New Landscape Hong Kong, Scalpel, blogs such as Design Boom, Dezeen, PSFK, This Is Colossal, and Oprah’s OWN channel. For more information on Daily tous les jours, please visit dailytouslesjours.com.

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