Last month, I noticed that someone put a few see-saws around town, planks of wood bolted to bike racks. There was one outside the Apple Store in Chelsea.
And another behind the Cooper Union.
The wood is stamped:
"He Saw She Saw"
There's also an email address. Curiosity sent me to artist Louis Lim, a Cooper Union student who collaborated on the "guerilla show" with Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa.
Lim sent me a press release that explained the see-saws and more:
"During this year's Design Week, you may have noticed something unusual around the city--a floating chair that lit up at night, and a see-saw mounted onto M-shaped bicycle racks. These were the works of Takeshi Miyakawa and Louis Lim.
For the past two years, Takeshi Miyakawa Design has showcased new designs and installation ideas at ICFF and Brooklyn Designs. The hope for Takeshi Miyakawa was that these two shows would celebrate art and design... In the early summer of 2010, that desire to express and share ideas manifested into a Guerilla show on the streets of New York.
Takeshi Miyakawa designed 'Holey Chair,' a white acrylic light fixture fixed onto lamp posts in the city. Louis Lim created 'He Saw She Saw,' a see-saw made of 2"x10"x12' lumber and plumbing hardware attached to bicycle racks.
These two pieces tread the line between art and design, as well as function and play."
"Holey Chair" photo courtesy of Louis Lim
If you've got a ladder and a screwdriver, you can pick up a Holey Chair from a few choice corners around the city. Or you can buy one for $950.