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Swing on in Green Mountain Falls

Published: June 25, 2014, 9:40 am, by Jen Mulson

The Swings in Green Mountain Falls

The Swings in Green Mountain Falls

The Green Box Arts Festival is set to open on the Fourth of July, and along with it, The Swings, which is open now.

The giant, interactive installation is set up overlooking Gazebo Lake in Green Mountain Falls. You can’t miss it. I headed up earlier this week to get a gander at the huge 10-seat swing set and meet the co-creator, Melissa Mongiat, from Montreal.

It was rejuvenating to swing again, but what made it even better were the musical notes that played each time you swung.

A blue swing corresponds to a harp tone, yellow is a vibraphone, pink is piano and green is guitar. The higher you swing, the higher the note. And if everybody gets in each others “bathtub,” what we used to call swinging in synchrony as kids, more complex musical sounds emerge.

Thirty minutes before the swing set gets turned off, the music turns into a soft electronica version of itself.

The Swings was designed by Daily tous les jours, a Montreal design studio. The larger original version of The Swings opened in Montreal in 2011, and is still open on a seasonal basis to the public. The smaller version in Green Mountain Falls is on tour, and we’re lucky enough to be its first tour stop.

“The installation connects people, and you can experience nature in a new way,” Mongiat said. “It’s midway between urban design and interactive art.”

The exhibit is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through July 13. It’s free; greenboxarts.org.