Can swings be Art?

On another dark and dismal January day a group of us decided a trip to Tate Modern was what was needed, and we were right, as we shook off our soggy coats and entered a buzzing Tate we were greeted by a vibrant orange line of swings weaving  their way across the Turbine Hall crossing the gallery space and emerging to the south of the building. Spirits immediately lifted we decided to stop for a quick play.

Each individual swing is intended for not one but three people to enjoy.  Designed by Danish artists’ collective SUPERFLEX the installation sets out to prove that swinging with others rather than alone is the way to go. One Two Three Swing! invites us to experience this potential together; swinging as a threesome means our collective energy resists gravity and challenges the laws of nature.


SUPERFLEX are best known for their playfully subversive installations and films. Founded in 1993 by Danish artists Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus Nielsen, SUPERFLEX has gained international recognition for collaborative projects and solo exhibitions around the world. This is the third annual Hyundai Commission, a series of site-specific works created for the Turbine Hall by renowned international artists, as part of the partnership between Tate and Hyundai Motor.