Swing Set Drum Kit in Calder Plaza thru Oct. 7!

Be sure to stop by Calder Plaza this weekend for your chance to swing on the Swing Set Drum Kit before it leaves Grand Rapids. Stop by both Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and make some music!

Thank you to everyone who has turned out for ArtPrize to volunteer, make music and take photos! This photo above was taken by Sarah Haas and if you post any photos on Facebook, be sure to tag Dave Ford.

Also big Congratulations to all the artists and venues who won awards during ArtPrize 2012. For those of you who missed out, the Top 10 Artists were Song of Lift, Life in Wood, Stick-To-It-Ive-Ness ,Rebirth of Spring, Origami, Return to Eden, City Band, Elephants, The Chase and Lights in the Night.

Tonight at 5 p.m. the ArtPrize juried awards and the public vote are announced LIVE at the Loading Dock of the former Grand Rapids Press Building. Visit http://www.artprize.org for more information.

Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford

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.


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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