I was commissioned by the Hull-House Museum to build a swing which they referred to as the ‘Jolly Romp’ for a year-long exhibition called The Right to Play’. May 1, 2014 – May 1, 2015. The swing goes back to my fondest and most important memories of Chicago and self-education. The memories existed in the natural spaces of the city in my youth, where I figured out so many things. It was a solid slab of mid-century wood and forged iron mimicking my imagined decision a swing maker might forge 100 years ago. The Hull House was where my great-grandmother taught and the act of a building a swing at this site was perfect in many ways. The exhibition: Unfinished Business: The Right to Play explores the history of the social movements that created the first playgrounds, fought for an eight-hour workday, and suggested that time off from work could create a more just society.
drawings of Hull House swing