Inside Swing House, a One-of-a-Kind Interactive Art Exhibit in Camp Washington

Take a Tour or Spend the Night in Camp Washington's Art Abode, Swing House Camp Washington's Swing House is  
The Swing House is a whole-building art project — a freestanding 188os three-story brick home in Camp Washington where owner and artist Mark de Jong has removed the interior walls and upper floors and built a swing right in the middle of the opened-up interior. Made from pine he salvaged from third floor joists, the wing is attached by 30 feet of natural-fiber rope to a metal beam on the ceiling. There are several ways to visit the stunning space. De Jong hosts an open house for guests to experience the Swing House on the first Saturday of every month. And if you're interested in spending the night at the home, there is a listing available on Airbnb. Monthly Open House: 12-4 p.m. Second Saturday of every month. Swing House, 1373 Avon Pl., Camp Washington For the Airbnb listing, click here. For more info about the Swing House, click here.    
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Mark de Jong has previously done commercial renovations and even took preliminary steps toward creating a full-fledged art house with two earlier projects. But he worked on the Swing House, as he calls it, for three years
Hailey Bollinger
Mark de Jong has previously done commercial renovations and even took preliminary steps toward creating a full-fledged art house with two earlier projects. But he worked on the Swing House, as he calls it, for three years
The Swing House is located at 1373 Avon Place in Camp Washington
Hailey Bollinger
The Swing House is located at 1373 Avon Place in Camp Washington
The wood furniture that de Jong made — sometimes from reused house material, sometimes from other sources — is an extension, rather than an interruption, of his art-house ethos
Hailey Bollinger
The wood furniture that de Jong made — sometimes from reused house material, sometimes from other sources — is an extension, rather than an interruption, of his art-house ethos
Artist de Jong and his completed Swing House received an exhibit at the CAC April 20-Sept. 2 of 2018. The swing is an experiential and experimental artwork — as is the house that surrounds, complements and is named for it
Hailey Bollinger
Artist de Jong and his completed Swing House received an exhibit at the CAC April 20-Sept. 2 of 2018. The swing is an experiential and experimental artwork — as is the house that surrounds, complements and is named for it
The ropes are attached to a metal beam across the ceiling
Hailey Bollinger
The ropes are attached to a metal beam across the ceiling
A view of the kitchen from closer to the front door
Hailey Bollinger
A view of the kitchen from closer to the front door
Artwork upstairs at Swing House
Hailey Bollinger
Artwork upstairs at Swing House
“To me, it’s changed the landscape of what art and architecture are in Cincinnati,” CAC curator Steven Matijcio told CityBeat in April 2017. “I’ve not seen a project like this since I’ve been here. I think it’s a major piece that can stand on its own in a national spectrum.”
Hailey Bollinger
“To me, it’s changed the landscape of what art and architecture are in Cincinnati,” CAC curator Steven Matijcio told CityBeat in April 2017. “I’ve not seen a project like this since I’ve been here. I think it’s a major piece that can stand on its own in a national spectrum.”
Inside Swing House, a One-of-a-Kind Interactive Art Exhibit in Camp Washington
Hailey Bollinger
View looking up at the ceiling from the first floor
Hailey Bollinger
View looking up at the ceiling from the first floor