the Big Swing

Yakup Albekoglu

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  • Summary

    A swing big enough for a group, hanging high in the air from the central apex of the pyramid.

    Full description of concept

    The Big Swing is affixed inside the pyramid from the highest point by four industrial strength ropes. The design is based on an aluminium wheel 2m in diametre with a woven rope web in the centre, much like a dreamcatcher. A length of rope extends from the lowest point ending in a padded ball so that the swing can be given momentum from the ground. A ladder extends from the pyramid for access and retracts back after use. The swing is in place for the duration of the event and can be freely used by all co-creators.

    The lowest point is 2,5m above ground level for safety reasons and a sound alerts people below when the swing is in motion. The edge of the swing is protected by a railing. Signs instruct people to safe use of the swing.

    About the group/Artist

    A medley group of various artists.

    Team and plan

    Planning will be done mostly in Finland, with the process open for input via the interwebz. Materials will be sourced beforehand and the swing will be assembled on site. an experienced climber or two will scale the pyramid from the inside using approppriate gear and attach the ropes to secure anchor points.

    Moop plan (matter out of place)

    Moop will be created by the swingers only during assembly and dissembly. We will be diligent in removal and prevention of moop.

    Budget overview

    Borderland big swing budget

    -ropes 2500dkk
    -attachments etc: 1500dkk
    -big aluminium ring: 3500dkk
    -deco, lights and cushions:500-2500dkk

    How can other borderlings cocreate with you?

    Input on the precise design of the swing is welcome during the early stages. Assembly of the swing might be expedited by additional volunteers. And the swing ain't gonna swing itself.

    What is this?

    Congratulations! You've stumbled upon something special. Borderland is a participatory festival that takes place in Boesdal, Denmark. It's a fully participatory event where everything is created by the participants themselves, with out any spectators.


    •  The dream website

    • Do you need electricity from the grid? no.

    • Will there be light? we hope to illuminate the swing with battery operated lights at all times.

    • Will anything burn? no.

    • What is your audio footprint? there will be a sound alerting people in the pyramid when the swing is in motion, but it will not be annoying or too loud. if possible, the sound will emanate from the swing itself in the direction it is moving towards.

    • Forces of nature the pyramid is well sheltered.

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