This is not the usual scene that you expect to see on a busy day on a busy street- people stopping by to play on the swings- but then Montreal is not your usual city. These swing sets were part of an urban installation called 21 Balacoires and were placed along the Promenade des Artistes. This new urban space links the Place des Festivals with Le Parterre, along de Maisonneuve and Président-Kennedy.
21 BALANÇOIRES (21 swings) is an exercise in musical cooperation that is half street furniture, half game. It’s the work of artist-designers Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat. Luc-Alain Girardeau, professor of animal behaviour at the UQAM Faculté des Sciences, helped develop the concept.
Each swing is a musical instrument. Depending on how you swing, it generates different notes. It was a very novel idea and was really enjoyed by the people. Alas! I was rushing past it to go for an important appointment and only stopped by to click some pictures. I could not revisit this before the temporary installation was taken down. 😦
To see a video of the swings in action , click here