The Swing Set Drum Kit is packed with noise makers, find them!

If you look close enough at the Swing Set Drum Kit you will find all kinds of treasures hanging from the gears. From sleigh bells to playing cards, Dave Ford packs the sculpture with numerous noise making elements to capture the sounds created by the momentum of the swingers.

To keep the parents and children in line occupied, Ford and his happy pack of Swing Set Volunteers will hand out a checklist of hidden treasures to seek out while waiting in line. Who likes to wait? Waiting AND looking for hidden treasures is SO much more fun.

The Swing Set Drum Kit will certainly be the noisiest creation at Calder Plaza during ArtPrize, beckoning swingers from afar to come ride the swing set that plays the drum kit. See you there!

Click here to visit Dave Ford’s artist profile page on


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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