Last week, we were pleased to host the Waterfall Swing, as it was shot by TK Digital for Japanese Television. After the jump, read all about it, and a watch a great film about it’s installation here.
About the Waterfall Swing (from www.waterfallswing.com):
"Towering steel swing set holding arrays of mechanical solenoids that create a water plane falling in the path of its riders. Formed from a tangent of ideas raised from the study of interactions of water as space, the swing is the first in a series that play with interaction in rides and installations. Riders pass through openings in a waterfall created by precisely monitoring their path via axel-housed encoders, creating the thrill of narrowly escaping obstacles.
The swing is an interactive art piece and a collaborative project between Mike O’Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas and Andrew Witte.
Water recirculates through 384 independently controlled solenoid valves at the top of the structure to create a wall of water. This water starts from a collection pool on the ground and is pumped up to a 4” distribution pipe that feeds the solenoids. Rotational encoders mounted on the swing axis gather information about the angle and speed of each swing. That information is sent to a computer that predicts the action of the rider. The computer then creates a hole in the wall of water, allowing the rider to swing through without getting wet.”
In the photo above, you can see the swing spelled our initials, BFP!
Below is a great video about the swing’s installation here, Arriving in Brooklyn, by filmmaker Russell Vargo.