Lucy Pullen (FYP ’90) is bringing one of her Scotchlite sheathed swings to the King’s campus on the night of 19 October as part of this year’s Nocturne: Art at Night festival.
The swing, which will hang from a tree in the quad, is one of 10 swings Lucy has installed in Halifax as a way to "temporarily mark a passage through the city of my youth." The other locations for her swings include Oakland Road, the Wanderers Grounds, RA Park, the Commons, the public library, Victoria Park and Nathan Philips Square.
Visitors are encouraged to interact with the swing (at their own risk) and to take photos using a flash. They will appear to be "riding a bolt of lightning", says Lucy. 3M Scotchlite, which Lucy sews onto rope by hand, is "the perfect material for this project," she says, because it responds to repositioning and light."
After attending King’s in 1989-90 to do FYP, Lucy received a BFA from NSCAD, an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and a ABD from the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. She now lives and works in New York and has had exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Artspeak (Vancouver), the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Romer Young Gallery (San Francisco), and Art Metropole (Toronto).