Playgrounds are no longer just for kids! Boston now has a playground for adults.
Twenty LED-lit circular swings that glow in the dark have been installed in Boston as a part of ‘Swing Time,’ Boston’s first interactive sculpture installation.
Swing Time is located at the Lawn on D, a contemporary sculpture park that borders the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on D Street on the city’s southern waterfront. The swings are part of the experimental urban park project designed to encourage the city’s burgeoning technology sector.
Suspended by steel beams, these ring-shaped swings are fitted with microcontrollers and accelerometers, which activate LED lighting when the swing moves. The lights return to a dim white light when the swing is static. As a person swings back and forth, the colors of the ring change from blue to varying shades of purple and pink.
Created by a local architectural firm Howeler and Yoon Architecture, the pieces of the playful artwork are designed in three different sizes to encourage all of Boston’s citizens to interact with the installation