A major art event at the Park Avenue Armory gives kids and adults a way to enjoy the wonder of the playground, even in the cold weather. NY1’s Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Artist Ann Hamilton has turned the Park Avenue Armory into her personal playground with 42 swings suspended from the ceiling.
"Swing is where you lose your weight, so the wonderful thing about swinging is there’s that moment at the extreme, sort of extension where your body lifts just off the swing and your hands loosen and you feel weightless for a moment," Hamilton says. "You fee' like you're flying," .
Like at a real New York City playground, there are pigeons, people watching and various voices transmitted through brown bag speakers. And the ropes connecting the swings create a push and pull on the giant drape that is in a constant state of flux and connectedness.
Park Avenue Armory president Rebecca Robertson says it takes a sophisticated work of art to make us all feel young again.
"I think the idea that art is supposed to transport you somewhere else, it’s supposed to take you out of yourself and create a new world for you," Robertson says. "In this case, it’s maybe two things. It’s joy. I think you feel this tremendous sense of joy, and then this return to childhood."
For added fun, the swing is built for two, even three people. And most of the kids here said it’s better than a real playground.
"The Event of a Thread" installation is up though January 6. Admission is $12. Children under 10 are free. And like at a real New York City park, please don't feed the pigeons.