Saw this on Facebook. Can’t remember where. Isn’t it funny how you can’t remember where you find stuff like this? It’s like meeting someone really interesting at a party and forgetting their name. Either way, this is a swing set that teases the riders with a waterfall that parts like the red sea as you swing towards it.
Still, as a father, and a big brother to little sisters, this contraption BEGS to be turned into a game, or a booby trap or both! How awesome would it be to surprise a swinger with a nice cold shower!
More about the Waterfall Swing:
The Waterfall Swing is 17 feet 9 inches high and 20 feet 4 inches wide at the base. So it should look just like a normal swing should you choose to rig it up as a booby trap.
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 a collaborative project between Mike O’Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas and Andrew Witte. [Dash7 Designs]
Dash 7 Designs created the Waterfall Swing and you should definitely check out the other cool things they create.
The Waterfall Swing at the 2011 World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science. Towering steel swing set holding arrays of 270 mechanical solenoids that create a water plane falling in the path of its riders. Riders pass through openings in a waterfall created by precisely monitoring their path via axel-housed encoders, creating the thrill of narrowly escaping obstacles. (YouTube)
Here’s the Waterfall Swing making pictures and letters instead of just a waterfall.