The Musical Swings

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The Musical Swings, a giant collective musical installation created by internationally renowned studio Daily tous les jours, will make its first East Coast stop right here in Downtown West Palm Beach. People will work together to create a melody as they swing back and forth on the installation. The Swings will be available for public use starting February 4 until March 6 on the 500 Block of Clematis St. Free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Location:

534 Clematis St. (Between Quadrille Blvd. and Rosemary Ave.)

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

How It Works:

The interactive installation consists of a series of musical swings. Each swing emits the notes of either a guitar, piano, vibraphone or harp when people swing. The higher the swing, the higher the note. When used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation.

The Swings allow participants to make music with their entire bodies, to connect to one another and to have a sense of ownership of public space due to the music they create. The result is a giant collective instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. The project offers a new experience in collective music making, available to enliven urban spaces, festivals, special events, and more.

For the past four years, the original “21 Balançoires (21 Swings),” Developed by Montreal interactive design agency Daily tous les jours, has attracted millions of fans to the Quartier des spectacles area in Montréal, where every day each swing has swung an average of 8,500 times. It now comes to Downtown West Palm Beach to bring our residents and visitors together.


 

Sponsored By:
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
West Palm Beach Art In Public Places
West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District
West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

Supporting Partners:
C R Dunn Inc.
City of West Palm Beach Parking Department
Fusedog Media Group
Jeff Greene/Florida Sunshine Investment
Nicole Henry/Canvas Art Charities
PC Lan Techs
Scott Lewis’ Gardening and Trimming, Inc.
Subculture Coffee
Urban Dog Sitters