Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Double Happiness

     Here's a little something to brighten up your Tuesday! Have you ever gazed up at a towering billboard sign and thought to yourself, "Gee, I sure do wish I could turn that billboard into a swing set." Of course you have. Well, maybe not, but French/Portugese architect Didier Faustino did- and he turned that fantasy into reality soon afterwards. The billboard-turned-swing set hybrid, cleverly named Double Happiness, is definitely a real thing and fully functional!

     "Double Happiness responds to the society of materialism where individual desires seem to be prevailing over all. This nomad piece of urban furniture allows the reactivation of different public spaces and enables inhabitants to reappropriate fragments of their city. They will both escape and dominate public space through a game of equilibrium and desequilibrium. By playing this risky game, and testing their own limits, two persons can experience together a new perception of space and recover an awareness of the physical world."
     -Didier Faustino

  In other words, the billboard swing set isn't your average piece of kiddie park equipment.  It's a flawlessly designed, lean, mean swinging' machine. It looks a little scary, but what a fantastic idea! I wish they had 'em in Long Beach. Who would have thought?