Musical swings being installed in Detroit

Posted at 10:48 AM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 14:13:05-04

You may notice a swing-set of sorts being installed in Campus Martius in Detroit over the next couple of days.

The musical swings will be available for use at Campus Martius Park thanks to the Detroit 300 Conservancy in partnership with Quicken Loans.

“The Swings” are a traveling installation that let visitors create a musical symphony simply by using them.

The interactive installation of 10 swings will tour three locations in the US this summer.

When you swing, a guitar, piano, vibraphone or harp note can be heard.

The installation is free to the public and will be available for use in Detroit April 7 through May 8 daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Swings are meant to show people that they can work better in cooperation with others.

"The Swings offer the reality of collaboration as the exhibit exemplifies how each of our individual parts collectively create magic and cooperation,” said Robert Gregory, president of Detroit 300 Conservancy, in a press release. “This is evident in the way the public, private and philanthropic community has come together to bring the installation to life and also how the public has embraced it making musical symphony among strangers.”

The installation was also made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.