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Montreal Families

Families can compose music on swings

Five years ago, local design team Daily tous les jours was commissioned to create an urban art installation. It had to be something simple, musical, interactive and intuitive.  The result was a musical swing set to be enjoyed by Montrealers of all ages.

This initiative was put in place to celebrate the inauguration of Quartier des spectacles’ new Promenade des artistes, a public space that was created by reclaiming traffic lanes along Président-Kennedy Ave. and de Maisonneuve Blvd.

This summer, the swing set is back by popular demand. The installation features 21 swings, each making a different note when in motion. When swung in unison, the collective instruments create different melodies, even emitting different colours of light after dark.

The idea behind the swings was to create art, in a very public place, that encouraged collaboration and participation, among friends or strangers.

The women behind the design team, Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat, say the swings work because of their familiarity and simplicity. “People immediately know what to do,” they said. “By placing the swings in an urban setting, but not in a playground, we convey the idea that this is a liberated space, a place where you can let yourself go, enjoy a return to childhood, right downtown.”

21 Balançoires is free and will be up from April 14 to May 31 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday. It’s located behind Place des Arts, between de Maisonneuve Blvd. and President-Kennedy Ave. Metro Place des Arts.

For more information, call 514-879-0009 or visit quartierdesspectacles.com.

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