AD: Amazeum Expands Outdoor Play Options

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Award Winning “Salvage Swings” by Somewhere Studio Added to PlayScape

The Scott Family Amazeum enhances the Outdoor PlayScape experience with a unique interactive installation – “Salvage Swings.”

“Salvage Swings,” designed by Arkansas-based Somewhere Studio lead architects Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless and fabricated in the Fay Jones School of Architecture Fab Lab, won the 2019 City of Dreams annual international architectural design competition. “Salvage Swings” debuted on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

“Salvage Swings” consists of 12 modules constructed from cross-laminated timber (CLT) shipping pallets salvaged during the construction of the Adohi Residence Hall on the University of Arkansas Campus. Arranged into a triangular pavilion, each module contains an individual swing and frames a view of the landscape surrounding the Amazeum.

“Salvage Swings is a wonderful addition to our PlayScape,” says Erik Smith, Amazeum director of exhibits and facilities. “It is playful, well-designed, and illustrates how creativity applied to common materials results in unique objects. This directly aligns with our philosophy of tinkering and making where we encourage experimentation with materials to incite creativity while leaving the authenticity of the materials themselves exposed.”

The pavilion is permanently installed on the west end of the PlayScape. At night, LED lighting embedded into the modules accentuates the geometry found in the structure.

“Securing Salvage Swings for the Scott Family Amazeum furthers our desire to be the hub of innovative curious, creative people in the community,” says Sam Dean, Amazeum executive director. “Our collaborations with makers in residence, artists, architects, engineers, technologists, and students in our creative studio results in elevating the concept of art as organic, accessible, and creatable by any one with imagination and opportunity.”

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