Courtesy Hunter Franks
Courtesy Hunter Franks

Artist Builds a Working Swing on a BART Train

Courtesy Hunter Franks
Courtesy Hunter Franks

Last month, a few lucky riders on the San Francisco Bay Area’s BART system watched as their normal commute turned into a playground experience. They were invited to take a seat on a swing hung from the middle of the subway car, as Laughing Squid highlights in a recent post.

San Francisco-based artist Hunter Franks recently declared himself BART’s Artist-in-Residence, coming up with various projects to make the system a more joyous communal experience. In order to inject a little whimsy into riding the subway, in late August, he installed a working wooden swing, attaching the ropes to the hanging straps of one of the train cars. He then invited commuters to take a turn.

On his website, he explains that “there can't be any better place for a swing than a subway train where hordes of adults commute to and from work stuck in a small screeching steel box.” The response was overwhelmingly positive, according to Franks. “People were thrilled and the number of smiles on the train increased 100 percent,” he writes.

Watch it in action below:

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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Candytopia, the Interactive Art Installation Made of Sweet Treats, Is Coming to New York City
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Many of the art installations are made from actual candy, but unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
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An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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[h/t Gothamist]

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