Swing Art Installation

I’m a huge fan of interactive art exhibits (like the Grand Central secret and the New Museum playground), so my jaw dropped when I heard about the current Ann Hamilton show in Manhattan. Her installation features 42 swings, which, in turn, move an enormous billowy curtain. “When the swings are in action, the curtain, made of a lightweight silk twill, rises and dips, and the air is stirred, causing further billowing and fluttering,” writes the New York Times, “Pigeons and an actress provide a soundtrack.” Some people glide on the swings, some lie on the ground under the curtain and some sit on benches to take it all in. The show runs through January 6th at the Armory. I can’t wait to take Toby!

(Photos by Philip Greenberg for the New York Times)

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  2. It was indescribably interesting! I stayed for a few hours, and left with a wonderful memory but, sadly, fuzzy photos, as my camera lens was not screwed on completely. Rookie mistake.

  3. I’m so sad that i missed this … hope it returns.

  4. Its right by my school, Hunter College!!

  5. I went this weekend and it was so amazing. I could have stayed there all day! Anyone who can, go! It’s a must.

  6. I went this weekend and it was so amazing. I could have stayed there all day! Anyone who can, go! It’s a must.

  7. WOW… I wish I could come to NY TODAY and play on the swings all day long… beautiful!

  8. I’m going this weekend! So excited!

  9. An amazing grown up playground. Teleport me there!

    – caroline @thecopperavocado

  10. i want to be there. that looks like a great day!

  11. that looks awesome, thanks for the suggestion!

  12. that looks awesome, thanks for the suggestion!

  13. yay I love swings!

    Joanna, have you heard of the Red Swing Project?

    started here in Austin by a UT student, and there are now swings all over the world. you can hang one in your neighborhood and be a part of a world-wide swing art installation.

  14. This is so cool! I wish that I was in NYC so that I could go to this.


  15. i’m also obsessed with New Museum! my boyfriend introduced me to it on a trip to NYC a few years ago and it’s fantastic. i was so jealous when you posted about the slide exhibit – i had to hold back from booking spontaneous a NYC trip.

    thanks for sharing this! it’s reminding me that maybe i should take the leap on that surprise trip for my boyfriend and i!

  16. Y says...

    this is AMAZIINNGGG!!!! I am going to try to convince my bf to go with me on thursday :)

    Thanks for the info!!


    <3 Yeasol from theferrytale

  17. That’s so cool! It looks like such fun.

  18. I want to be there right now! Swinging was my fave at recess when I was a kid.

  19. wow these pictures and that space are amazing! what a cool installation. i wonder what gave her the idea for this installation.

  20. Omg! This is so cool!!! I would love to go there and swing my lil heart out! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  21. That looks like sooooo much fun! It reminds me of one of the final dance sequences in the movie The Company, with Neve Campbell. It’s danced to Julee Cruise’s “The World Spins” and involves gentle swinging across the stage.

  22. This is too amazing! I would love to visit this (with our without the kids!)…

  23. That’s incredible! I love the concept and reading the many ways people can participate in this art to enjoy it. Wish I lived closer! Ha ha! Thanks for sharing photos so we could all enjoy! – Ally S.

  24. WOW! I want to go so sadly. I love swings and this looks like aa great way to bring out your inner child and have fun.

    • wow.. amazing art :D

  25. Love it. I don’t know if you guys have heard of the St. Louis City Museum, but I think it would blow your mind. My husband and I went here when we were dating early on, and it was the best date I’ve ever been on! Take a look at the Yelp photos to see what I mean….it’s magical!

  26. WOW! I want to do this! Need to live NYC instead of Denver? No, but I want to visit the exhibits! thank you, for sharing! ~Cynthia

    P.S. Found your amazing article on Etsy!

  27. Amazing!!! Be sure to take pictures of Toby for us! As you know, all of us non-New Yorkers are living vicariously through you!

  28. This is incredible. I’d give almost anything to be on that swing right now.

    Lauren, Flee to the Cleve

  29. That looks amazing! I got back from New York City not too long ago and gutted that I didn’t know this was there – makes me want to fly straight back over just to see it!

  30. omg AMAZING!!!! I wish I were in NYC before Jan 6th… going upstate to visit family for xmas maybe we should make a special trip down! Swings are my absolute favorite :)

  31. I love swinging more than anything! What a neat exhibit!

  32. Um, this is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Seriously, mind blown. I wish I could visit it!

  33. Reason no. 8 million billion that I wish I lived in NYC!