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"Corwyn Lund's video Swingsite reveals the lengths an urban soul will go to to find a little release amid the pigeon droppings and recycling bins. The tape shows the artist entering a very tight alleyway between two brick downtown buildings, scaling the space between them with the deftness of a rock climber and installing a swing, which he suspended from a temporary metal bracket. Lund then climbs down and sets about swinging, flying forward and back in the narrow space, and we feel his zoom and fall, zoom and fall. Lund's approach? You work with what you've got, and you make it fly. (Let that be a lesson to us all!)"

–Sarah Milroy, Thursday, September 11, 2003 The Globe & Mail


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i'm scared.

like some kind of futuristic post apocalyptic playground.

swerve

Posted by at May 24, 2004 08:34 AM
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You should have a warning to claustrophobics affixed to this image... great one. What a sense of doom!

Posted by Kathleen Connally at May 24, 2004 09:32 AM
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Wonderful depth to this one. Kathleen is correct...very claustrophobic!

Posted by E. M. at May 24, 2004 11:45 AM
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Posted by susan at May 24, 2004 03:45 PM
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Well spotted Susan! Davin and I seem to cover some of the same ground - not surprising really :)

I've often wondered if the swing was put there as a photo-op.

Posted by matto at May 24, 2004 03:54 PM
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No, I think the swing is a battleground.

Shortly after it went up (sept-oct '03) it was wrapped around the bar so nobody could use it. Then whoever installed it obviously got it down as it was back in commision.

Then a wrought iron gate was put in place to stop its use "once and for all."

The bars of the gate were pried back again allowing alley swingers access.

It's one of the most remarkable bits of alley installation. I have great respect for whomever created the alley swing. Happy to see it is still in place as I haven't been by recently.

Posted by Davin at May 24, 2004 07:29 PM
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or maybe whoever installed it is trying to keep everybody else from using their swing! nah.

I've been dropping in on the swing for a while... i keep meaning to go there WITH somebody to get a shot like you did of gayla. I'm actually afraid to swing on it though because of the way the walls converge. I'm afraid my head would get stuck on the way back! hehe.

Posted by matto at May 24, 2004 08:18 PM
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OH it's the infamous swing, which I have still yet to see in person. Cool shot

Posted by photojunkie at May 25, 2004 12:36 PM
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very interesting shot, even if disturbing, like others mentioned :-)
well done
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Posted by Sandra Rocha at May 25, 2004 06:30 PM
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Finally saw the alley swing today, didn't have a camera on me :(

Must go back!

Posted by photojunkie at May 27, 2004 12:43 AM
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Before the swing existed, one of those kids' bouncing horses was at the end of the extreme cul de sac.

I have photos somewhere.

Posted by Davin at May 27, 2004 06:47 PM
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"extreme cul de sac" hehehe :)

the horse remained after the swing arrived too, it was just a little buried under all the mattress fluff and wild turkey bottles.

Posted by matto at May 28, 2004 12:03 AM
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oooh. this makes me feel rather claustrophobic, but i'd love to give that swing a try!

Posted by Emily at May 28, 2004 06:03 PM
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I went back here yesterday and got poop on my knee trying to get a more challenging angle. Be careful, all ye who play beneath this swing.

Posted by matto at May 30, 2004 11:10 PM
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I have the same photos makes u wonder how many others do

Posted by assholeoleo at March 31, 2005 06:48 PM
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How fabulous. What a great urban story.

Great shot.

Posted by Jeremy at January 20, 2006 11:04 PM
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