Towering steel swing set holding arrays of mechanical solenoids that create a water plane falling in the path of its riders. Formed from a tangent of ideas raised from the study of interactions of water as space, the swing is the first in a series that play with interaction in rides and installations. Riders pass through openings in a waterfall created by precisely monitoring their path via axel-housed encoders, creating the thrill of narrowly escaping obstacles.
The swing is an interactive art piece and a collaborative project between Mike O’Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas and Andrew Witte and built by Dash 7 Design. The Waterfall Swing has traveled the world with installations across the United States and in The Netherlands. The team recently appeared on the TODAY Show – Matt Lauer and Savanah Guthrie rode the swing on Rockefeller Plaza.
Riding on such a dreamful swing, any problems would vanish. All you would remember is singing in the rain.