Swing Glow

The curved framework and cables of playground swings glow with colourful light which creates vivid trails as people glide back and forth.
22 May - 08 Jun 2015 18:00 - Midnight
First Fleet Park, George Street, The Rocks NSW 2000

Artists: NBRS+PARTNERS, Fiona Venn
Collaborators: Tiffany Liew/ Hung-Ying Gill/ Andrew Leuchars/ ENVISION Team/ WSP Vision Design / Mickey Kojak
Country: Australia

Swing Glow encourages children into a playground of illuminated swing sets. As they soar into the air, the swings create curved trajectories of coloured light – momentary artworks set against the backdrop of the city night.

In isolation, each swing creates a spectacular effect. In combination, the swings form an artwork that is even more striking.

The light display is invigorated through sound; music changes pace as people take off and land. The more people enjoy the swings, the more they respond; fun, exploration, effort and release from inhibition create delightful and ever-changing displays of colour, light and sound.

In the static state, each swing’s seat and cables are lit with coloured LEDs tuned to different light spectrums. In their kinetic state, the intensity of the lighting surges, leaving an arc of rainbow lights in the swing’s wake.

Swing Glow enhances its harbourside site, which provides a beautiful backdrop for photographs. In order to allow the maximum number of people to participate, the lights are time-limited.