Imagine creating beautiful sounds and melodies instantaneously with a complete stranger, and all you have to do is swing! Downtown Oklahoma City’s Bicentennial Park, adjacent to the Civic Center, will be filled with joy and harmony this fall thanks to the interactive art installation “The Musical Swings.” In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is sponsoring the exhibit, which will be free and open to the public daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sept. 20-Oct. 13, 2019.
“Throughout 2019, we’ve been celebrating the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s 50th anniversary by giving back to this great community we call home,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “It’s an exciting time to live in Oklahoma City and we felt like bringing this internationally-known art installation to the heart of downtown was a perfect way to round out our yearlong celebration.”
Created by Daily tous les jours, a Montreal-based interaction design studio, The Musical Swings is a new media art installation that offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately. Each of the 10 musical swings represents one of four instruments, a piano, a harp, a guitar and a vibraphone. Sound is triggered as each swing moves back and forth, and they can move in synchronicity to maintain rhythms and create complex melodies. The result is a giant, collective instrument that brings people together.
“We want to generate more of these daily shared experiences,” said Melissa Mongiat, Daily tous les jours co-founder. “In anything we do, we try to move the unmovable and highlight the benefit of cooperation.”
Since premiering in 2014 at the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, The Musical Swings have traveled to San Jose, Detroit, Palm Beach, Manhattan and many other cities across the United States. Learn more about The Musical Swings’ visit to Oklahoma City at occf.org/musicalswings.