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The World’s Largest Rope Swing

February 19, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Some insane footage out of Moab, Utah where a couple of folks strung up this death wish of a rope swing at the naturally formed Corona Arch. The film was shot over the course of two days by Devin Graham, and here’s the making of if you’re interested.




A Czech Merry-Go-Round

December 6, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Though I lived not too far from here in Prague a few years ago, we never quite got around to enjoying the thrill of suspending ourselves from a rotating billboard, though I admit it looks pretty damn fun. Maybe next time. This particular stunt was the handy work of Vojtěch Fröhlich, Ondřej Mladý, January Šimánek, and Vladimír Turner, and if you liked this you’ll also like the Double Happiness Billboard Swingset.




50 Illicit Swings Hung Across Los Angeles

June 15, 2011

Christopher Jobson

In his spare time San Francisco resident Jeff Waldman started hanging swings in various locations around the city. These guerilla swings caught the attention of the Awesome Foundation which awarded him a $1,000 grant to hang 50 more, a project he captured in this great new video (music by Penguin Cafe Orchestra). The project has since grown a bit encompassing swing installations in Los Angeles and in the Marshall Islands, and with our help he’s heading south to Bolivia to hang a couple hundred more. (via streetsy)




Competitive Swinging

May 5, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Competitive Swinging is an installation/event by artist Paolo Salvagione at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. The enormous rope swings are installed 5-on-5 in an old gymnasium and the only true goal seems to be who can have the most fun, a competition I think many people in this world often forget to engage in. From the artists comments via Laughing Squid:

The piece reveled itself slowly. All the ingredients were there in my mind, dreams, childhood playground memories, pendulums. The challenge of a space that big is how to activate it, it was built in 1907. I spent the evening there with bottle of wine and watched the space as the sun set. I noticed period hardware on the ceiling that once held climbing ropes, a common military exercise. From that observation the piece came together. The old basketball court ask for 5 people a side and the building has 5 window on each side. The nature of athletics asked for competition, my sense of humor loved the idea of competitive swinging. […] There were a few moments where I thought my efforts to get to this swing-of-the-past seemed absurd but when the installation was complete I knew I had made the right decisions. An installation like this only comes to life when populated, with people, with smiles.

If you want to get in on the swinging action, the event is only up through the end of this weekend, the closing reception is May 8th. More great photos of the event captured by Andria Lo can be found here.




Double Happiness Billboard Swing Set

March 18, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Architect Didier Faustino created this epic swing set out of a converted advertising billboard for the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture.

Double Happiness responds to the society of materialism where individual desires seem to be prevailing over all. This nomad piece of urban furniture allows the reactivation of different public spaces and enables inhabitants to reappropriate fragments of their city. They will both escape and dominate public space through a game of equilibrium and desequilibrium. By playing this “risky” game, and testing their own limits, two persons can experience together a new perception of space and recover an awareness of the physical world.

(via brokencitylab)