Want To Swing Through A Waterfall?

For most of us one of the great joys of childhood was spending time in a swing. There was that feeling of flying as we swung forward and that moment of weightlessness as we reached the back of the arc that gave us thrills. We are older now and the swing is not quite the enchantment -- that is unless you add water. Enter the Waterfall Swing.

The Waterfall Swing Set (Image via Waterfall Swing Set)The Waterfall Swing Set (Image via Waterfall Swing Set)

The Waterfall Swing is delightfully tall and drops water through the use of solenoids at the top. You won't be getting wet as you swing for the data of your movement is sent to a computer which tells the solenoids when to cease spouting water so that you don't get wet on your journey back and forth. Though, to tell the truth, there are some days during the summer when, as far as I'm concerned, they could just let the water run.

The swing is a collaborative project and interactive art piece by Mike O'Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas and Andrew Witte and built by Dash 7 Design. Last year the swing was set up on Rockefeller Plaza in New York City for an appearance on the Today Show with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.

There could be some concerns about wasting water, but there is no actual "running" water being fed through the swing set. The water used is recycled through a pool at the bottom and up through the four-inch distribution pipe at the top to feed the 384 solenoids that control the wall of water. In addition to a swing, the unit can also be used as a "water writer" to create words and shapes, such as logos.

While the swing set is basically designed to keep you dry, there are no guarantees against the occasional drip or splash. Chances are that the seat of the swing will be wet when you sit down. Still, it looks like so much fun that most people would take a little dampness as an acceptable risk.

The one thing I know for sure about this swing set is -- I'm in!

Sources: Waterfall Swing, Today Show