Lawrence, Indiana, US
Detroit, New York, US | Singapore, SG | +
Following the success of the 21 Swings in Montreal, a touring version of the artwork was created for the Green Box Arts festival in Colorado. The Musical Swings have since visited New York City, Detroit, West Palm Beach, Dhahran, Singapore, and continues to tour around the world.
Created in 2011, the installation has become a celebrated icon of Montreal’s entertainment district, returning seasonally every spring. As a result of its success, a touring version of the Musical Swings was created and has been travelling the world, receiving a number of international awards and recognitions. A new permanent version of the work is also available for cities around the world.
A living piece of art
Structure overall dimensions
Length : 70’ (21 m); Width: 35’ (10.5 m); Height:12′ (3.5 m)
Safety clearance perimeter
50′ × 100′ (15 m × 30.5 m)
All components are weatherproof
The Musical Swings take over public spaces with smiles and laughter. People revel at the therapeutic effect when swinging motion and collaborative music making are combined. Participants report feeling like they are making music with their entire bodies; surrendering themselves unexpectedly to a collective performance, almost as if by magic.
I have a mood disorder, I was walking downtown to relax, the swings drew me in and calmed me down. I hope they stay forever.
For the Musical Swings 2016 tour in the United States, Daily commissioned an independent study to analyze the economic and social impact of the temporary installation. The following are some highlights from the report.
* Study conducted during the 2016 US Tour: West Palm Beach, Florida; Detroit, Michigan; San José, California. With the support of the Knight Foundation.