The Infinity Swing is a two-person, face-to-face swing inspiring reflection and connection.
While the pandemic deprived most, if not all of us of connection, connection is a fundamental human need that requires our constant attention. The impact of this project on public space post-pandemic is one of providing people a creative way to connect. Participants are given a unique vehicle to create closeness with each otherby moving together.While walking the city streets during the height of the pandemic, I saw many people sitting on opposite ends of benches, straining to face each other and talk. More than ever, I noticed a craving for intimacy, interaction, and communication.
The Infinity Swing is a large kinetic interactive sculpture fulfilling our basic human need for connection, at a time when we are living with a heightened awareness of “personal space” and an increased sensitivity to physical social distance. This two-person, face-to-faceswing features adjustable sliding seats that allow for customizing the distance between participants. The synchronized swinging motion neutralizes disruptions and creates the conditions for two people to bond emotionally.
Research has shown that synchronized movement enhances cooperation and social interaction. The act of swinging has been proven to be calming, provide sensory balance and relieve stress. As a public art installation, the Infinity Swing acts as an ongoing, open invitationfor passers-by to connect with each other. At its core, it is a physical structure for reflecting on and creating new inner structures, in the wake of structure lost.
The structure is 2.5m diameter, forged out of stainless steel, painted with outdoor epoxy paint, secured to the ground.
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