This is lovely. In Canada, a team of designers decided they wanted to put magic into something that is usually considered dull and monotonous to many. At a bus stop alongside a Montreal city street, they installed 21 interactive musical swings. The swings play a tune when pedestrians move together in unison – the notion that we can achieve more together than alone.
Watch the video short here:
Some of the comments by pedestrians in the videos were of general delight.
One swinging young workman said, “I think it’s amazing and a really, really cool experience to be able to make music with your entire body.”
A group of several kids in the video were interviewed. One of them said, “I find it adds to the beauty of life because a single sound isn’t really nice, but together we make a beautiful melody.”
Three women describe how they got together and did some experimenting; “We tried to figure out, if we all went together the same time, it could change the music. And it did. Definitely felt like the tempo was moving with us, and it felt like plucking or strumming, like a harp.”
All ages are enjoying the swings and the lovely concept. “It reminds me of old memories of being on the swings with the girls,” said one older gentleman after getting off the swing. That was fun.”
According to Good Times News, the design team is thinking beyond Canada. ”A traveling version of the project is currently being made for these collective moments to spread around the world,” says the website.
Oh my, how I love reporting news like this. And it is news – it’s news about how when we think and work together, we can create an even more beautiful world. I sing praises to the design group, as well as the Canadian government for giving it the go.
Learn about the designers here: www.dailytouslesjours.com
|Leslie Salzillo is an activist, political commentator and visual artist. She began contributing to Liberals Unite in June of 2013.|