Such Great Heights.

Parisian architect Didier Faustino turned an old, unused billboard into a swing set. Though I get shivers just looking at it (acrophobia is a very real thing), I think it might be worth the nausea to see a city from this perspective. It must feel like flying.

Faustino himself has some pretty cool stuff to say about the piece, which he calls “Double Happiness:”

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.

It sounds a little like the justification they use on “The Bachelor” every time they have one of those weird fear-dates—though I suspect the producers on that show are far more interest in reusing their favorite metaphor: falling off structures as a painfully heavy handed analogy for “falling” in love. Faustino makes this entire process sound vastly more interesting (and a little bit trippy).

Anyway, I like it. Found via.

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