3 large, pendulum discs of coloured acrylic in pink, orange and yellow behind a large window. A child's hand hovers over the pink disc.
Large pendulum discs of coloured acrylic in pink, orange and yellow behind a large window.
3 large, pendulum discs of coloured acrylic in pink, orange and yellow behind a large window. Each disc is illuminated from within by three concentric circular neon lights.

A playful kinetic sculpture consisting of 3 large, pendulum discs of coloured acrylic illuminated from within using neon in pink, orange and yellow.

Artist: Jennifer Turpin, Michaelie Crawford 

Artwork description

The pendulum discs of this artwork are suspended on metal poles from the ceiling of the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre. It’s located behind the 5m high glass ‘urban window’ on the building’s Burton Street façade.

The discs are highly visible from the street and through the viewing window on the first floor of the community centre, where viewers find themselves on the same level as the swinging discs. As they swing in staggered, intersecting arcs, the discs throw bright neon light out onto the street.

S(w)ing is an interactive artwork, popular with both children and adults. People in the lower ground level of the community centre are invited to engage with it in physical play. Coloured ropes connected to pulleys activate the pendulum discs. These can be accessed from beneath the artwork on the ground floor of the community centre.

As people pull or swing on the ropes the discs are set into gentle or energetic gliding motion, like the ringing of church bells. The varied movement of the discs mixes vivid colour in illuminated, overlapping patterns that are reminiscent of the intersecting patterns seen on the surface of water.

“S(w)ing is an artwork activated by children. Paying homage to Heffron Hall and Albert Sloss Reserve as the site of one of Darlinghurst’s first community playgrounds, S(w)ing activates the ‘urban window’ with an interactive and kinetic artwork. The narrow building-wide void space is transformed by the performing artwork into a ‘street theatre’ where the ‘strings’ are pulled by children playing in the space below.”

– Michaelie Crawford and Jennifer Turpin


Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford are award-winning artists whose work focuses on the design and production of site-specific kinetic artworks in the public domain.

Their practice is based in Sydney, where they have more than 30 years experience at the interface of art, science, nature and the built environment.

Turpin and Crawford’s works explore the rhythms of environmentally reactive movement and seek to heighten their audience’s awareness of being in time and in space.

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