LIFE IS SHORT

“LIFE IS SHORT,” 2002, 42’ high. Installation at ART UNLIMITED, Basel, Switzerland. Swing seat, manila rope.  “With the motion of a pendulum, a swing traverses the interior of a space, testing its cubic capacity and, what is more, its kinetic potential. An archetypal toy, like a fountain or a kaleidoscope, a swing exploits the physical phenomenon of free motion through space. The spectacular tactile experience it provides relies on the physical surroundings in which the flight takes place. A basic tool for learning about gravity and motion, a swing is where children run to first in a playground. The adults secretly indulge in its pleasures during rare moments of romantic rupture. A swing releases the trapeze artist in all of us.”