Swing Set Drum Kit

2012 ArtPrize Entry
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The Swing Set Drum Kit is an interactive sonic sculpture encouraging kids to build rhythmic sounds with a swing set. Three swings are attached to large colorful wheels that trigger multiple drumsticks, striking percussive instruments. A child’s realization that the sounds are directly related to their swinging is the foundation of the piece. Further exploration of the participant’s speed and swinging height is immediately translated into varying rhythms, rewarding the curious rider. Full time participation of the artist, constantly conducting the swing-set ensemble by re-arrangement or complete editing of the module instruments, dramatically changes the piece. More Glockenspiel! Also interchangeable during live interaction is the peg system that activates the drumsticks, (some 1 peg to another’s 5) producing radical rhythmic variation. Kids love that they are part of the sculpture, while the other viewers appreciate the engineering and overall impact of the kit.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Performance
  • Depth: 20'
  • Medium: Mixed, Swings, Drums, Sound
  • Width: 13'
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 8'

Venue & Connection Information

An Artprize volunteer or venue assistant capable of controlling the 1-2 minute rotation of children on the swings, is required. The Artist will be on site the entire time the piece is “live” interacting with the art. He will also be active in crowd control and general safety concerns. If piece is located outdoors with public access, nighttime security is necessary. This piece can be placed on grass or a solid surface, such as a concrete pad.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: Yes
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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