Swing Time

Public Art Playscape with Self-Sustaining Lights

With Höweler and Yoon Architecture, I designed the second season of Swing Time for the city of Boston. It is a "play-scape" installation with a set of over-sized swings encouraging play for people of all ages.

The theme for the second year is the integration of science and art. The canopy weaves the photovoltaic panels into the fabrics of the diamond grid system established by the structural frame. The photovoltaic panels power the lights inside the swings at night. The brightness and color of the illumination are proportional to the force people used to move the swings. The hope is for visitors to become more conscious of sustainability through design and their interaction with it.

My role I developed the concepts and designed the form of the canopy with the project architect and spec’d out the photovoltaic panels to power the swing set.

With Höweler and Yoon Architecture | 2015

ExhibitionLawn on D, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, 2015 - 2016

Media Harvard Magazine
BostInno
Philips Future of Light

* Image courtesy of HYA

Concept of Weaving Science with Art

The canopy weaves the photovoltaic panels into the fabrics of the diamond grid system established by the structural frame. The photovoltaic panels face due south and are tilted towards the optimal solar inclination for the summertime to maximize the solar power collection during the installation. When fully charged, these PV panels can power the swings for up to three cloudy days. A single PV pod can power one small swing or a third of a large swing.

Public art installation at the Lawn on D, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center's pop-up park

* Image courtesy of HYA

* Image courtesy of HYA