Improvised orchestras from pedestrian choreographies
Kinetic musical bench
Daydreamer is a new sculptural series of illuminated, slowly rotating public benches, accompanied by gentle music. Conceived to create a ritual around a moment of pause in the urban realm, the artwork stimulates imagination and relaxation, and encourages a communal, synced up experience in a shared, calming soundscape.
A first set of 3 benchs has been installed in the City of Southbend (US) in the fall of 2022.
South Bend, Indiana, USA
Rocking has been known to induce a state of daydreaming, proven to lessen stress and anxiety, while opening up the mind to be more intuitive, imaginative at finding solutions by simply letting go for a while.
The installation consists of three revolving long benches, each accommodating up to four people, finished in white oak and a powder-coated aluminium arch, with integrated LED lights. When the public sits on the benches, and starts pushing them in a circle, the mechanism inside each bench’s pivot centre ensures the motion is a slow, rocking one. Simultaneously, music is triggered through motion detection, merging analog and digital movements. Placed in a circle, the artwork aims to encourage the public to synchronise their movements in a shared musical experience.
« Daydreamer places a chorus of deep hums and light song in a park, emanating from a trio of lit arches, hovering at each end above the ground, as if floating. The harmonies created on the spinning, singing benches in Indiana are designed to connect people in public spaces. »