Cloud Swing is designed to inspire a world in which public art and play invite and include people of all abilities. Three standard swings and two wheelchair accessible swings hang from a cloud-shaped metal canopy. The swings face each other, fostering community and a sense of belonging.
This sculpture was designed by Brooklyn based Isometric Studio, whose mission is to unite graphic design and architecture to create empowering visual identities and spatial experiences. Through their collaboration with leading cultural institutions and non-profits, they create opportunities and partnerships characterized by intellectual rigor, aesthetic sophistication, and memorable storytelling.
“We believe in design that transcends existing expectations by challenging cliches and stereotypes in visual culture. In collaboration with our clients, we shape narratives and spaces of belonging. Through design, we advance an ethos of inclusion, equity, and justice, centering the lived experiences of marginalized people. Our projects often address complex social issues, amplifying activism on gender equity, climate change, racial justice, LGBT identity, and immigrant rights.” Andy Chen and Waqas Jawaid, Partners, Isometric Studios
Isometric Studio’s clients include the USAID, Google, Museum of the City of New York, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Princeton University.
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is proud to partner with Isometric Studio to host this work for a limited period of time beginning in the fall of 2023. Through this project GFS will create an opportunity for visitors to engage in acts of joy and experiential play, creating a sense of community and shared wellness. Engaging the public in meaningful art experiences open to all aligns with founder Seward Johnson’s vision for GFS to serve as a model for accessible public art.
The fabrication and installation of Cloud Swing is funded by Wellcome Trust as part of their multi-year Mindscapes mental health program. Engineering and fabrication is provided by Serett Metalworks. Educational programming support from the Center for the Humanities at CUNY Graduate Center. A special thank you to IncludeNYC and Ketrina Hazell for the community workshops.