21 days until ArtPrize? That is exciting news and we wish all the artists and organizers and vendors good luck in the upcoming weeks. Everyone has a ton of work to do and it’s exciting to see so many great projects coming together.
The final touches are being added to the Swing Set Drum Kit and this image illustrates how dynamic and busy the piece it. When you go see it for the first time, listen to the sounds of the swing set with your eyes closed – you’ll be amazed at how many unique sounds you hear. This little bell is just one of the very cool elements being added to the piece for your listening pleasure!
From Dave’s artist profile page on www.artprize.org:
The Swing Set Drum Kit is an interactive sonic sculpture encouraging kids to build rhythmic sounds with a swing set. Three swings are attached to large colorful wheels that trigger multiple drumsticks, striking percussive instruments. A child’s realization that the sounds are directly related to their swinging is the foundation of the piece. Further exploration of the participant’s speed and swinging height is immediately translated into varying rhythms, rewarding the curious rider. Full time participation of the artist, constantly conducting the swing-set ensemble by re-arrangement or complete editing of the module instruments, dramatically changes the piece. More Glockenspiel! Also interchangeable during live interaction is the peg system that activates the drumsticks, (some 1 peg to another’s 5) producing radical rhythmic variation. Kids love that they are part of the sculpture, while the other viewers appreciate the engineering and overall impact of the kit.