SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Plaza de César Chavez will welcome The Swings, an unusual and playful new art installation that will occupy a prime location in downtown San Jose for the next two months starting Thursday.

The Swings were built by Montréal-based interactive design studio Daily tous les jours. Each swing on the set emits the sound of different instruments when being used with the note changing depending on how high the user swings. When used in sync, the different instrumental sounds produced by The Swings make music.

On Wednesday, work crews that helped assemble The Swings tested out the installation, as can be seen in the video clip below.

The Swings will be stationed in at Plaza de César Chavez near the Tech Museum of Innovation, the Fairmont Hotel and the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Organizers want to remind users to think of The Swings as a new media art installation and not a playground and request that they follow these rules:

  • No standing on the swing
  • No jumping off
  • Don’t swing too high
  • Be polite, take turns
  • Parents are asked to watch watch their children at all times
  • Have fun!
  • During peak times, participants are asked to limit their time to five-minute turns on The Swings

The Swings will remain in the Plaza until October 2 and are open for use by the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

The project is also looking for “ambassadors” to volunteer at The Swings, supervising the installation and answering questions from visitors once they have received training. For more information on The Swings, visit the art installation’s website.


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