21 Days Until ArtPrize!

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.

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About Dave Ford

An avid collector of handwritten grocery lists, Dave Ford graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BFA in 1993. Afterward, in typical American folklore fashion, Mr. Ford moved to the art dormitory of the eastern U.S., also known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There he continued making art, participated in group shows and began creating his “Truck Drawings.” The drawings, which document the truck’s movement with dozens of pencils, proved to be fruitful and were featured in the sixth edition of Dave Eggers', McSweeneys in 2000. This attention generated several commissioned drawings and with the artist’s subsequent move to El Paso, Texas, long distant drawings to Connecticut and San Francisco became logistically possible. The opportunity to do a live drawing from the El Paso-Juarez Border to Grand Rapids for the Artprize event has re-invigorated the truck idea. Dave Ford is currently living in Evanston, Illinois, where he is working on a Swing Set Drum Kit piece.
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