As kids my friends and I used to imagine creating electricity out of the swings or the merry-go-round. Turns out we weren’t the only geeky kids who thought up that kind of thing:
Swinging is a self-contained pleasure, an activity where the work and reward are one in the same. But for their pop-up installation outside the International Centre for the Arts in Guimarães, Portugal, the art collective Moradavaga added an unexpected twist to the childhood pastime: a little bit of light, powered solely by the motion of the swings themselves.
If you could turn any play equipment into a power generator, what would it be? Leave your ideas in the comments below.
- A Swing Set That Powers An Electric Light With Every Pump (fastcodesign.com)
- Swing is a Low Tech Energy-Generating Public Art Installation in Portugal (inhabitat.com)