simple swing at Hull House Museum

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 at 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 of a swing maker 100 years ago. The Hull House was where my great-grandmother taught and the act of a building a swing at this site was a great deal to me. 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. The multi-media components of the exhibition provide access by Hull-House to swing and play hopscotch in the gallery, listen to records of labor songs, and immerse yourself in the questions of work and pleasure that the exhibition raises.


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