Edited by Roberta De Monte firstname.lastname@example.org
Design by Höweler + Yoon
Images courtesy of John Horner Photography
Swing Time is an interactive playscape created by the architectural firm Höweler + Yoon, based in Boston, and composed of 20 ring-shaped swings. The elements have a circular form and are composed mainly of polypropylene parts welded together in the shape of ring and designed in three different sizes.
The swings are illuminated by a LED system regulated by custom micro-controllers, which, through an accelerometer placed inside the structure, manages the brightness level according to the movements. This means that when the swings are static they emit a soft and white light, when they are in motion, however, the light switches from white to purple.
The installation has been designed to create a temporary urban park in Boston, between the Boston Convention, the Exhibition Centre and D Street. The purpose is to create a zone of play, meeting and community, inviting users to interact with each other.