Who says swings should just be for children? The Danish art collective ‘SUPERFLEX’ certainly don’t think this is the case. Until the 2nd of April 2018, they are giving members of the public the chance to revisit their childhood through their impressive installation of swings at the Tate’s Turbine Hall. Abusing the large space of the former power station, an orange line of swings snakes across the floor to meet a slide-like carpet of psychedelic stripes, whilst a giant metallic pendulum swings overhead. It sounds like every (adult) kids’ dream right?
But this playground comes with a twist, exploring concepts such as collaboration, teamwork and space. Their swings are specially designed for three people- the science behind this being that the collective weight of three people resists gravity and defies the laws of nature, allowing you to swing to a greater height. Or to speak plainly: the more people, the easier it is to swing and the higher you can go! The carpet is subtly made up of the colours of British banknotes, whilst the pendulum is meant to emulate the Earth’s movement. My friend and I laid down on the carpet and watched as the pendulum swung hypnotically above our heads. It was the perfect way to relax after Uni and let go of the worries and pressures that plague us everyday- we recaptured some of our childhood innocence. The same can be said for when we went on the swings: the rush of air through our hair, the feeling of weightlessness and freedom all came rushing back to us from our youth.
And if you aren’t an arty person- don’t fear, this is not the kind of art that requires any detailed explanations or comes with a complex message. The swings are designed to be transported and reconstructed globally around the world- so don’t miss your chance to attend this playground before it moves on. It is fun, free, immersive and for people of ALL ages- what other incentives do you need to go?
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