‘Cincinnati's hottest art installation’ is a real swinger: PHOTOS
30 ft. swing is the focus of this man's creative renovation | TreeHugger
Large-scale installation art is nothing new, but "Swing House" by artist Mark de Jong feels revolutionary. These others were created more as habitable renovations, infused with artistic elements, but de Jong created "Swing House" to function first and foremost as an art piece. Theoretically, if visitors swing hard enough, they can touch the top and bottom of the house. To accommodate his vision, de Jong gutted the entire three-story building, removing every floorboard from the second and third floors and every interior wall. New concrete was poured in the basement-turned-mini-gallery, steel beams were erected for added support and the first floor was carefully laid out in deference to the swing, which hangs from a foot rope in the middle of the house. His love for houses has deep roots in Camp Washington. His next project is "Stair House," next door to "Swing House.
Swinging From the Trees
Mark DeJong, an artist, and a renovator and reimaginer of old houses, transformed the Swing House over the course of three years. The Swing House is immersive and experiential, a radical departure from our expectations of everyday domesticity. Reinforced by the hourglass shape on the ceiling, the movement of the swing mimics the travel of a pendulum, again, referencing the passage of time in the revealed history expressed on the walls; the swing is not only for pleasure, but is also a vehicle for contemplation. The furniture, the art in the basement, and the exhibition all elude to a release from gravity, reinforcing the ethereal feeling one experiences while swinging.
Soaring back and forth on a swing is one of childhood's greatest pleasures, an activity usually enjoyed outside. But Cincinnati, Ohio-based artist Mark de Jong has other more delightful ideas, having recently completed an art installation that includes a three-storey-high swing suspended inside a renovated house dating back to the s. Dubbed Swing House , it's the culmination of three years of hard work revamping the interior of the old building, which involved removing walls and floors to open up the entire space for this massive swing that now hangs 30 feet from a new metal beam above. A trained artist who also has experience in the construction industry, de Jong is known for his creative renovations that blur the line between art and architecture.