‘Swing Time’ Lights Up Playground

By: | January 3rd, 2015

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


Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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