Friend and designer Holly Glaspey sent me this link, having heard the artist speak on her work the night before. This installation, entitled 21 Balançoires by the collective Living With Our Time, embodies what I think is missing from a lot of public art - the opportunity to interact with each other. Public art that seeks to merely decorate - with some exceptions of course - is largely a waste of space. Pieces that invite interaction with the piece are much better. Work that actively encourages engagement between other people is what public art should be about.
From the statement:
21 Balançoires takes over a newly open space in front of Université du Québec à Montréal’s Science Faculty. Together with Luc-Alain Giraldeau, an animal behaviour professor from the faculty, we explored the topic of cooperation which states that together we achieve better things than separately.
The result is a giant collective instrument made of 21 musical swings; 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 new 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.
See more images and read more about it here.