Towering steel swing set holding arrays of mechanical solenoids that create a water plane falling in the path of its riders. Formed from a tangent of ideas raised from the study of interactions of water as space, the swing is the first in a series that play with interaction in rides and installations. Riders pass through openings in a waterfall created by precisely monitoring their path via axel-housed encoders, creating the thrill of narrowly escaping obstacles.
The swing is an interactive art piece and a collaborative project between Mike O'Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas
and Andrew Witte.
A big Thank You to all the people who have supported us! See a list here.
How the Waterfall Swing works
Water recirculates through 384 independently controlled solenoid valves at the top of the structure to create a wall of water. This water starts from a collection pool on the ground and is pumped up to a 4" distribution pipe that feeds the solenoids. Rotational encoders mounted on the swing axis gather information about the angle and speed of each swing. That information is sent to a computer that predicts the action of the rider. The computer then creates a hole in the wall of water, allowing the rider to swing through without getting wet.
Waterfall Swing by Dash 7 Design
Katherine Dunn, Frame Magazine, 10/26/2012
The Waterfall Swing
Christopher Jobson, Colossal, 10/15/2012
Waterfall Swing makes waves on the Web
Claudine Zap, Yahoo News, 10/12/2012
Water-Spewing Swing Set to Delight and Frighten Children
John Metcalfe, The Atlantic, 10/10/2012
Grown-Up Science Fair brings Waterfall Swing to New York
Drew Grant, The New York Observer, 9/2011
7 Awesome DIY Projects from Maker Faire New York 2011
Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, 9/2011
The Coolest Things at World Maker Faire 2011
Katie Palmer, IEEE Spectrum Inside Technology, 9/2011
Science and Art Mingle at New York's Maker Faire
Allison Meier, Hyperallergic, 9/2011
Chips, Code, and Gears: Maker Faire 2011 Gallery
Sal Cangelo, geek.com, 9/2011
Swingin' in the rain
Steve Hobley, Maker Faire Daily, 7/2011
Dale Dougherty: We are makers
Dale Dougherty, TED@Motorcity, 1/2011
Swinging in the Rain
John Baichtal, Make Magazine Issue #25, 1/2011
Ingenuity, Friday Night
Erick Trickey, Cleveland Magazine Blog, 9/25/2010
Maker Faire Detroit: Try This at Home!
Chuck Lawton, Wired Magazine, 8/3/2010
Swinging in the rain #makerfaire
Dale Dougherty, dalepd|Dale Dougherty, 7/31/2010
Makers Dozen: Detroit
Dale Dougherty, Make Blog, 7/25/2010
Matt Lauer & Savannah Guthrie ride the Waterfall Swing on the TODAY Show on Rockefeller Plaza. April 4, 2013.
The TODAY Show logo printed in water on Rockefeller Plaza. April 4, 2013.
Waterfall Swing featured in "Things Can Always Be Better" ad for the 2013 Honda Civic, first aired January 2013.
Waterfall Swing riders at World Maker Faire. New York, September 2011.
Water writing at World Maker Faire. New York, September 2011.
Additional still images and a specification sheet are available here.