Innovative Design for a Swing/Seesaw Combination

At a park in St. George UT, there is an innovative design for a swing set that functions like both a swing and a teeter totter (seesaw).  It is the product of the German firm Berliner Seilfabrik.

The "VIP Swing" constructed by Berliner Seilfabrik

The “VIP Swing” constructed by Berliner Seilfabrik

Unfortunately, the St. George set has been disabled.  The vertical cables and disc seats have been removed.  Why this is, I’m not sure.

To understand how the apparatus functions, metal chains and standard plastic seats were temporary installed.

Temporarily Re-rigged "VIP Swing" in St. George UT

Temporarily Re-rigged “VIP Swing” in St. George UT

The swing set was an instant hit.  It requires a child (or adult) in both seats.  And they rock back and forth, interacting with each other.

Basic Design of the "VIP Swing"

Basic Design of the “VIP Swing”

The children enjoyed the up-and-down motion, as well as the back-and-forth of a traditional swing.  Even with the swinging motion, the children can’t hit each other.  There is a swivel at the point where the seat cable attaches to the horizontal cable allowing for an independent spinning motion.

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