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Musical swings make first tour stop at Green Box Arts Fest

July 3, 2014 Updated: July 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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"The Swings" in motion in Green Mountain Falls. Courtesy Green Box Arts Festival.

Friday through July 13, multiple times and locations in Green Mountain Falls, most events are free, small fee for adult classes; 465-3065, greenboxarts.org

Something else: "The Swings," 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through July 13, next to Gazebo Lake in Green Mountain Falls, free.

 

"The Swings" is a swingset like no other.

The giant interactive installation overlooks Gazebo Lake in Green Mountain Falls. Each of its 10 swings is one of four colors, and whenever somebody sits and swings, a musical note is played.

Sit on a blue-colored seat and hear a harp tone. The yellow plays vibraphone, pink is piano and green is guitar. The higher you swing, the higher the note. And if everybody gets swinging in synchrony, more complex sounds emerge, says Melissa Mongiat, co-creator of "The Swings" and co-founder of Daily tous les jours, the Montreal design studio that conceived the project.

"The installation connects people, and you can experience nature in a new way," she says. "It's midway between urban design and interactive art."

The swingset is one of the highlights of the Green Box Arts Festival, which opens Friday and runs through July 13 in multiple Green Mountain Falls venues.

"The Swings" is open daily. Thirty minutes before closing, the soundtrack changes slightly, Mongiat says, to a soft electronic club version.

The festival offers numerous daytime workshops for adults and kids, including silversmithing, drawing, painting and photography.

Other events include the documentary film "By Blood," performances by the bands Ark Life and Patrick Dethlefs, bluegrass musicians Mike Bub, Don Rigsby, Jeremy Abshire, Michael Daves and Keith Reed, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and professional dance companies American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and Keigwin + Company.

Events are free, though there is a fee for some of the adult classes.

Green Box was started in 2009 by New York City-based philanthropist Christian Keesee, chairman of Kirkpatrick Bank, Kirkpatrick Oil & Gas Co. and Time Car. He also leads two philanthropic organizations as chairman of the Kirkpatrick Foundation and president of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, both based in Oklahoma City.

Keesee is part of the Kirkpatrick family, who have lived in the Green Mountain Falls area since the 1900s. While he spent his childhood in Oklahoma, his family spent summers in the tiny town.

Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

Other events

Woodland Park Cemetery Crawl - By Ute Pass Historical Society, tours run every 15 minutes from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Woodland Park Cemetery, 650 Short St., Woodland Park, $5; 686-7512, utepasshistoricalsociety.org

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