Art Project Converted Billboards Into Swingset Deathtraps

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Really, a swingset suspended over the ground at billboard height with nothing but some wire fencing at your feet to prevent an accident? I struggled with the tags for this retro-inspired oldie-but-insanie post. Ultimately "art" beat out "lawsuit."

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The design is the work of Paris-based architect Didier Faustino, whose heart is certainly in the right place even if his brain checked out and is busy pumping its little legs on a playground swingset long ago.

This particular swingset is located in Shenzhen, placed there as part of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture event. Says the architect himself about this 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. They will both escape and dominate public space through a game of equilibrium and desequilibrium. By playing this "risky" game, and testing their own limits, two persons can experience together a new perception of space and recover an awareness of the physical world."

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Luckily for those who accidentally fall off this art piece, there is a nice lawyer-filled cushion waiting to receive you at the bottom. [Diedier Faustino via Bored Panda]

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His whole explanation of the piece just made me crack up. I it sounded like 100% grade A cream filled BS to me. It was like a scene from a poorly written movie about a pretentious artist.