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Up in the air so blue

Interactive swings that activate light and sound in the landscape around them. Originally commissioned by UNBOSI for Shakespeare's New Place 2016.

Tine Bech’s Studio joined the United Nations Board of Significant Inspiration to create the new artwork ‘Up in the air so blue', an interactive swing, at Shakespeare's New Place.

Audiences entered the gardens of Shakespeare’s garden Shakespeare’s garden and embarked on a mission to catch inspirational muses, as they completed tasks set by the muses of earth, fire, air and water. Tine created a playful environment for the air section, consisting of a pair of swings next to each other. As participants swung they lit up Shakespeare's two old Mulberry trees. With each forward swing rotation a new light and colour was activated on a tree. Once seven lights had woken up the old air muse then the wise old mulberry tree bestowed participants with divine inspiration - white light.

Audiences were helped by official Muse Catchers from UNBOSI, as they journeyed through Shakespeare’s garden to discover the history of ‘muse’ hunting and inspiration on the very site where Shakespeare found his.

Swing Up in the air so blue was commissioned by UNBOSI as part of the Garden of Curious A-MUSE-ments, a collaborative enchanting after-dark adventure. UNBOSI is one of the lesser-known departments of the United Nations. Since 1947 we have been globally studying sites associated with human genius. UNBOSI was created with the knowledge that even after a war to end all wars, world leaders had failed to keep the peace and tend to be conservative uninspired negative thinkers and the acronym created has been used to describe them ever since. With most of the world on board, we have joined forces and use the power of the planet to create ‘light bulb’ moments inspiring co-operation and friendship between all nations.

Programmed by Tarim