Collaborations with Nature

Water Swing

A tall, minimal stainless steel swing brushes a dark reflection pool with a gentle cascade of water as it slowly sweeps back and forth through a controlled but generous arc.

 

Water Swing’s movement is unnaturally slow and the strangely arrested pace effects one both viscerally and hypnotically.

 

At four times less than its natural frequency, the temporal experience of the swinging motion catches the breath and slows the senses. Sweeping its glistening cascade of water across the reflection pool below, the contained rippling path paints a line of motion from the pivot point 12 metres above.

 

Reminiscent of an iconic element of childhood Water Swing has grown unnaturally tall and become unusually slow. Its trail of water offers a conduit to memory and play amidst the towers of contemporary corporate culture.

 

 

'Swings and Roundabouts', Public Art Review

 

'Swing Cleaning Marks Time', The Bulletin 

 

Celebrating Sydney 2000, Chris Johnson