Swing Time

Swing Time is an interactive playscape composed of 20 illuminated ring-shaped swings. The installation activates a temporary park between the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and D Street to create a new type of city park. Custom fabricated from welded polypropylene, the swings are designed in three different sizes so that the community can engage, exercise, and play with Swing Time as individuals or in groups. LED lighting within the swing is controlled by a custom micro-controller, signaling the swing's activity level. An internal accelerometer measures the acceleration forces of the swing. When forces are static and the swings are not in use, they emit a soft, white light that illuminates the area. When the swings are in motion, the micro-controller switches the light from white to purple, creating a more colorful glowing effect. Swing Time's responsive play elements invite users to interact with the swings and with each other, activating the urban park and creating a community laboratory of the Innovation District and South Boston neighborhoods.

Credits

Design Team

David Costanza
Alex Marshall
Neil Legband
Sofia Balters
Yoonhee Cho
Gina Ciancone
Sungwoo Jang
Kyle Coburn
Elle Gerdeman
Cyrus Dochow
Estelle Yoon
Marianna Gonzalez

Photographer

John Horner
Type
Public Space
Year
2014
Location
Boston
Published in
The Boston Globe
Dwell Magazine
Harvard Magazine
The New York Times
BostInno
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