The Canadian Daily tous les jours aims to make community games in public spaces part of everyday life. This time, they designed interactive benches for the city of South Bend, USA.
The music played by the benches, dubbed Daydreamer, is triggered by the movement of the user, and their circular layout promotes a sense of community and connection. “Daydreamer is a new sculptural series of illuminated, slowly rotating public benches, accompanied by gentle music. Conceived to create a ritual around a moment of pause in the urban realm” explains the collective.
The work of Daily tous les jours will be familiar to those who have visited the playground next to the House of Music Hungary in Budapest’s City Park. The installation, titled Cimbalom Circle, is based on the cimbalom instrument developed in Hungary, and visitors can elicit sounds, melodies, and rhythms from the interactive game.