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The perfect place for a pop-up park.
The perfect place for a pop-up park.
Swing time.
Swing time.
Well-secured.
Well-secured.
This one is particularly fun, allowing the swinger to "go over the edge."
This one is particularly fun, allowing the swinger to "go over the edge."
Bench swing.
Bench swing.

Park "pops up" under Holton Street bridge

Let's see, we have pop-up beer gardens, pop-up restaurants, pop-up stores and now, a pop-up park. Located under the Holton Street Bridge, the "park" – created by a group of Milwaukee artists and activists – features five swings, a bench swing, two tire swings and a trapeze swing.

All of the seats are re-purposed tires with the website beintween.org spray painted on the bottom. An online video also contains this statement:

"This was social construct project: it invited other artists and those who support more spontaneous activity in our daily routines to come together last Friday night to do a guerrilla installation ... It is our hope that the installation will serve as not only an element of recreation, but as a point of reconsideration for these leftover spaces in our city."

The swings are very well-secured with thick ropes and chains to the bridge beams – they even affixed rubber around the beams so the chains wouldn't damage them.

I felt safe enough on the swings as a 120-pound adult that I'm bringing my kids back for some afternoon playtime before this gem of a park pops down.

Talkbacks

xheralt | Sept. 27, 2012 at 11:47 p.m. (report)

35850 Phooey, it's temporary? It certainly is a nice addition, and a creative use of the space.

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