Musical Swings Come To West Palm Beach, Sharing Melodic Message About Collaboration

by Lyssa Goldberg Feb 03, 2016 02:25 PM

West Palm Beach residents can soon make beautiful music together. All they'll need is a swing set. 

A public art installation called "The Swings: An Exercise In Musical Cooperation" has arrived on the 500 block of Clematis Street in downtown. The interactive display, which essentially acts as a giant musical instrument, opens to the public Feb. 4.

Each swing in motion triggers a different note from a pre-recorded piano, harp, guitar or vibraphone. The higher the swing, the higher the note, the Downtown West Palm Beach website describes

The installation is meant to provide a collective experience that encourages collaboration.

"When more neighboring swings work together, more melodies and harmonies begin to form," Raphael Clemente, executive director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, explained.

West Palm Beach is the first East Coast stop on the installation's U.S. tour. The swing set will be in town through Sunday, March 6.

The Swings were created by French Canadian design group Daily tous les jours, which in 2015 won a Knight Cities Challenge grant to bring the installation to other communities. The original installation in Montreal, called "21 Swings," has seen each of its swings swung an average of 8,500 times per day in the four years that it's been open.

According to Clemente, local participants can spark conversations with their fellow musical partners and feel rewarded through the creation of music.

"Having [The Swings] in our area will definitely enhance the quality of our lives while creating a culture of engagement in an urban setting," he said.

The Swings in West Palm Beach will operate Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Take a look at The Swings in action, below:

The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation from Daily tous les jours on Vimeo.

Musical Swings; 534 Clematis St. (Between Quadrille Boulevard and Rosemary Avenue), West Palm Beach 

(Photos courtesy Daily tous les jours)


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