Do you remember Random International's Rain Room in London that we posted about a couple weeks ago? That incredible space came to mind as soon as we saw this awesome swingset.
This is the Waterfall Swing, an interactive installation created by Mike O’Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas, and Andrew Witte for the 2011 World Maker Faire, where lucky visitors clearly had a great deal of fun trying it out.
"The steel framed swing set uses 273 solenoid valves, located at the top of the installation, where water drops come streaming. Each valve operates according to a computerized sensor that calculates the rider’s speed and angle, determining when to shut the water off, providing a window where a person can swing through without getting wet."
FLYLIGHT is an interactive light installation composed of a minimum of 180 glass tubes.The glass tubes that light up and respond to the viewer are inspired by the behavior of a flock of birds and the fascinating patterns they seem to make randomly in the air. Actually this behaviour is not as accidental as it looks; birds have to keep a safe distance from each other. What will happen if an intruder interrupts their flight? This is what the viewer will experience when approaching the FLYLIGHT
Are you happy? This interdisciplinary, interactive art installation just might have your answer, or at least get you thinking about it. Currently touring several cities in the United States, The Happy Show by graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, combines a unique mix of art installations with graphic design and thought-provoking typographical displays of data. The show also “offers visitors the experience of walking into Stefan Sagmeister’s mind as he attempts to increase his happiness via mediation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals.”
The large exhibition is filled with social data and research gathered from Harvard psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Steven Pinker, anthropologist Donald Symons, psychologist Jonathan Haidt, as well as several prominent historians. The installation’s interdisciplinary approach reveals great insight into our society’s state of mind about love, happiness and personal levels of satisfaction. The Happy Show is currently on view at the Chicago Cultural Center through September 23rd, 2013. The above images are courtesy of Stefan Sagmeister.
Dune is the public interactive landscape that interacts with human behavior. This hybrid of nature and technology is composed of large amounts of fibers that brighten according to the sounds and motion of passing visitors. (via)