Wave Swing | 2010
Collaborators: Elisa Cotelo, Erica Wannemacher, James Wilson
University of Michigan
The Wave Swing was designed as a site specific installation for Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In warm weather, the public park becomes quite crowded, and a quiet escape can be difficult to experience. To remedy this, the Wave Swing was designed to facilitate intimacy and encourage quiet conversation between two people. Consisting of two facing seats and an arched canopy, the swing can become the moment of escape that draws people to Nichols Arboretum in the first place.
The construction of the Wave Swing uses steam bending techniques with the implementation of digital fabrication technologies. CNC routers were used to create the formwork needed to bend the strips of white oak used in the design. Because only three sets of formwork were needed, and the shorter members were cut from the scraps of the longer members, the swing was also designed to efficiently use of the smallest amount of material possible.
Published in MoCo Loco: Modern Contemporary Design Magazine
Published in And Vol. 3: Michigan Student Publication