Swing, Guimarães Portugal, Moradavaga, 2012

“Swing” was a temporary installation by Portugese art and architecture collective Moradavaga.  Swing installations are nothing new, but I like how Moradavaga combines a techy conversion of mechanical to electrical energy with rustic materials that reflect the manufacturing  past of the host city of Guimarães.  Traditional hemp rope, bicycle chains, and wheels make for an industrial feel, and  I particularly love the sounds…the whirring of the wheels and clack of the wooden blocks are the tones of a factory, whose communal ‘production’ is electricity to illuminate the base of the installation.

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