Is it true that a city that plays together, stays together? What happens when a city adds a little fun to the mix? Could there be large scale city benefits by introducing an interactive reminder that the simple things in life, are what truly bring us joy? This is precisely what Montreal has done with their “21 Swings” project. Adding some intentional fun to the mix is a GOOD IDEA! We could all use a reminder to remember our inner kid, find our joy, and lighten up and live a little! As an avid Kansas City -ian, I officially move for a repeat of this fantastic movement in our beautiful city. In an attempt to continue building a happier and healthier Kansas City, I’m ready to get into the swing of things. Who’s with me???
Exercise in musical cooperation
Every spring, an interactive installation takes over a high-traffic area in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles and sets a collective ritual. The installation offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately.
The result is a giant instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation.
The project stimulates ownership of the public space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre.
A traveling version of the project is currently being made for these collective moments to spread around the world.
A Project by Daily tous les jours