about the swings

The Swings is an interactive installation that offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately. Each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation.

The project stimulates ownership of the public space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre.

How it works

The interactive installation consists of a series of musical swings. When used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation. It’s a game where from the start you need to adjust to the actions of others.

The Swings allow participants to make music with their entire bodies, to connect to one another and to have a sense of ownership of public space due to the music they create. The result is a giant collective instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. The project offers a new experience in collective music making, available to enliven urban spaces, festivals, special events, and more.


Previous installations of The Swings have shown that they bring out people’s instinct to play. Those instincts trump the learned behaviors that create distance between people, and between people and their urban environment.

They improve quality of life.

By creating a sense of place for the communities surrounding them as well as a feeling of ownership, The Swings transform any space into ‘places’ where people want to be.

They create sociability between citizens by helping to break down barriers between different communities, reducing tensions and creating opportunities for contact. They help to break down divides between people by offering them collective experiences that transcend their learned behaviours and encourage them to overcome the important but invisible barriers that prevent them from interacting with one another.

They create a culture of engagement.

Sharing and engaging with others in public spaces makes individuals care for their environment and other people. The more time citizens spend time in public spaces, the more they care about those common spaces. The Swings also encourage residents to explore public spaces they once overlooked; some will even adjust their trajectory through the city to include these spaces on a regular basis.   



About Daily tous les jours

Daily tous les jours is an interaction design studio with a focus on participation in public spaces. Through creating collective experiences, the studio represents fields of interaction design and narrative environments.

Daily tous les jours continuously researches new ways to interact and tell stories. We design large scale projects that impact cities down to tiny ones that fit within a pocket. Their projects bring magic to everyday places, behaviours and objects, inviting the public to become active contributors in the process and the outcome. These experiences take on many different shapes: urban interventions and planning, exhibitions, products, spatial design, events, software applications, and film.

Daily tous les jours is very active in the new media and design communities, giving lectures and workshops worldwide, notably at EYEO, INST-INT, SXSW, New Cities Summit, TEDx, Ars Electronica, KIKK, Culture and Sustainable Development Paris, Leaders in Software and Arts (LISA) New York, Tangible Embedded & Embodied Interaction, Walker Art Center, Nagoya Design Center, Banff New Media Institute, Saint-Étienne’s Biennale and the San José Biennale.

Interested in finding out more? Visit their website here. 


About the Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. 

Strong supporters of community engagement, the Knight Foundation funds projects that create shared experiences by contributing to a sense of place and communal identity. A winner of the Knight Cities Challenge, The Swings have been selected as one of the most innovative and effective solutions to make cities more successful, attract talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement. The Knight Foundation is presenting the Swings in West Palm Beach, Detroit and San Jose.


About Arts Brookfield

Arts Brookfield invigorates public spaces through the presentation of free cultural experiences in Brookfield's premier buildings around the world. By commissioning, producing, and presenting world-class works of art, Arts Brookfield supports creativity and innovation in the fields of music, dance, theatre, film and visual art.

Visited by thousands of tourists and locals annually, Brookfield Place is the heart of the new downtown—a veritable town green with year-round arts and cultural programming and best-in-class shopping and dining, located on the Hudson River waterfront in Lower Manhattan. Americans for the Arts named Brookfield one of the ten Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America in 2014.


About the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec supports, throughout Québec, creation, experimentation, production and dissemination in the realms of the visual arts, the arts and crafts, literature, the performing arts, the multidisciplinary arts, cinema and video, the digital arts and architectural research. The Conseil also seeks to broaden the influence of artists, writers, arts organizations and their works in Québec, Canada and abroad.


Best in Show, IxDA 2013

Grand Award of the Shenzhen Design Awards for Young Talents, 2013


A Project by
Daily tous les jours

Creative Direction
Mouna Andraos
Melissa Mongiat

Antoine Clayette

Design Lead

Technical Direction
Eva Schindling

Technical Coordination
Michael Baker

Original Soundtrack
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh

Original Concept Created with
Luc-Alain Giraldeau

Swings Industrial Design
Générique Design

Structural Engineering & Fabrication
Unisson Structures

Mechanical Engineering Consultation
Concept Paradesign

On-site Production
Matane Production

Production Coordination
Anna Gazel

Drew Barnet
Mourad Bennacer
Julien Bourgeois
Raphael Clayette
Adrien Fillion
Malcom Remple

Promotion by

Fady Atallah
Sarah Mackenzie

Thank you
Christian Keesee, Jesse Stroope, Julie Maguire, Urban Electronics, the wonders at the Outlook Lodge in Green Mountain Falls, Simon Lefebvre, Pierre Massé, Jacque Paquin, Marcel Lamy, James Patten, Daniel Petit, Louise Allard, Valérie Lemieux, Montréal's Quartier des spectacles, Robocut Studio, Solotech and Truck'N Roll