Sultan of Swings Near San Francisco

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In a certain context, a set of swings–and the mild risk, childish competition and sheer stomach-swirling delight that they offer–rise to the level of art. That context is a silent, cavernous gymnasium at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where Paolo Salvagione’s “Competitive Swinging” pits two rows of swingers against one another, and each other.

Though the installation closed on May 8, it’s set to return soon. Keep an eye on the Bay Citizen blog for info on dates and times.


Julie Greicius was Art Editor for The Rumpus when it launched in January 2009. One year later, she became Senior Literary Editor and is now Senior Features Editor. Julie also co-edited the first book published by The Rumpus, Rumpus Women, Vol. 1, featuring personal essays and illustration from twenty kick-ass contributors. Her writing been featured on The Rumpus, Midnight Breakfast, Stanford Medicine Magazine, and BuzzFeed, as well as in the anthology The 27th Mile. She lives in California. More from this author →