Urban playground, with soundtrack

We’ve heard so much in the past decade about transforming the once-vacant American city into a place of “live, work, and play” that it’s hard to tell what it much means anymore. If anything, the phrase evokes a muti-story, inner-city image of shopping as opposed to a dispersed suburban one: happy shoppers milling about in front of newly built mixed-use developments that are lined with Quizno’s and Jamba Juice on the ground floors. “Play” then simply equates consumption and nothing much in the way of real creativity. This is perhaps why this art installation in Montreal is so refreshing, as it puts the play back in play, activates a public space, and removes from the equation the need to buy anything. Additionally, your swinging on the swing generates music; swing with friends and in sync, and you create new notes as well.

The artists behind the project, Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat, will be creating a sing-along-themed installation at this year’s Minnesota State Fair. It will be karaoke for the masses, and it will be auto-tuned, so those without perfect pitch – and Ke$ha fans – need not fear. For more info on the event, click here.

Form takes shape

The completed street grid with swaths of greenspace carved through it. Check out the full model tonight after 8:55 p.m. at the Minnesota Science Museum. For more info, click here.