TakePart HQ is all for supporting artistic freedom, for smiling wide on cutting-edge modern art exhibits … generally speaking, that is. We also subscribe to old-school public safety. You know, the common-sense precautionary urge that frowns on erecting a swing-set anywhere but on terra firma.
French-Portuguese architect Didier Fiuza Faustino’s playground device turned rubber-necking distraction, Double Happiness, makes us wonder what dangers lurk at the apex of each swing.
Faustino seems more concerned with anti-materialism than with swing hazards.
The designer wrote on his blog about the origins of his creation:
Double Happiness responds to the society of materialism where individual desires seem to be prevailing over all. This nomad piece of urban furniture allows the reactivation of different public spaces and enables inhabitants to reappropriate fragments of their city
That’s all fine, dandy, and metaphysical, but what happens if the swinger lets go—by accident or on purpose? Certainly that skimpy net provides no practical protection from nature's undefeated force: gravity.
There are no plans to bring Double Happiness to market; the urban device was created solely as an exhibit for the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial on Urbanism and Architecture.