June 19, 2024

“Cloud Swing” at GFS Receives Innovator Award

“CLOUD SWING”: This wheelchair-accessible public art installation at Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) has received an Innovator Award from the Cultural Access Network Project. Designed by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Isometric Studio, it will be at GFS through October 5.

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) in Hamilton recently received an Innovator Award from the Cultural Access Network Project for its public art installation, Cloud Swing, at the Project’s Annual Excellence in Cultural Access Awards.

Recognized for its innovative approach to public art, Cloud Swing, an art installation that features three plank swings and two wheelchair-accessible swings, allows GFS visitors of all abilities the opportunity to “play” on the interactive sculpture. GFS is hosting Cloud Swing, which was designed by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Isometric Studio, through October 5.

“We are honored that we’ve been presented with an Innovator Award for hosting Cloud Swing,” said Sam Hwang, director of guest services at Grounds For Sculpture. “Engaging the public in meaningful art experiences open to all aligns with our founder Seward Johnson’s vision for Grounds For Sculpture to serve as a model for accessible public art.”

Cloud Swing is designed to inspire a world in which public art and play invite and include people of all abilities. Its five swings hang from a cloud-shaped metal canopy. The swings face each other, fostering community and a sense of belonging. The sculpture creates an opportunity for GFS visitors to engage in acts of joy and experiential play, creating a sense of shared wellness.

The mission of Isometric Studio is to unite graphic design and architecture to create empowering visual identities and spatial experiences. Through design, they seek to advance an ethos of inclusion, equity, and justice, centering the lived experiences of marginalized people. GFS partnered with Isometric Studio to host Cloud Swing for a limited time, beginning in the fall of 2023.

The Cultural Access Network Project is a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Grounds For Sculpture is located at 80 Sculptors Way in Hamilton. For more information, visit groundsforsculpture.org.