July 19: Swing Set Drum Kit at Hyde Park Art Center

Dave Ford Sculpture

You literally swing and play the drums, at the same time.

This Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Swing Set Drum Kit will be at the Hyde Park Art Center for everyone to enjoy! Stop by this fun, interactive swing set and play the drums while swinging.

Saturday’s event is programmed for The Beast by Laura Shaeffer and SHoP.

Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford

Swing Set Drum Kit originated in El Paso, TX, as part of the Chalk the Block Festival

Click here to watch a video of the swing set in action.

Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford is an interactive sonic sculpture encouraging people to build rhythmic sounds through their swinging. Three swings activate large colorful wheels that trigger multiple drumsticks, striking percussive instruments.From the snare drum to sleigh bells, the visual and auditory layers to the piece are endless.

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773-324-5520

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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