Friday, August 20, 2010
The Big Hammock Project
Boston boasts a slew of unique historical sites, fantastic cultural events and venues and world class dining. Approximately 15 million people visit our fair city each year. Now, however, we have what is reported to be the largest hammock in the world for your resting pleasure.
For a food and travel blogger this is just the kind of quirky story that makes all of the work sheer pleasure. The hammock was installed on The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway on August 15, 2010 and has become an instant hit. It is free and open to public use from 12 Noon to 8:00 PM daily, weather permitting.
Sturdy yet cozy, The Big Hammock seems like it would hold at least eight adults quite comfortably.
The brainchild of Architect Hansy Better Barraza, who brought together an entire volunteer team, it has drawn people of all ages, backgrounds, walks of life and, yes, even countries and invited them to spend a few moments quietly relaxing together in peace and harmony. And it's really restful!
The Big Hammock has been hugely popular since it hit The Greenway on August 15th.
The genesis of the project is a fascinating story of creativity and collaboration. You can read all about here on the project's website: The Big Hammock Project.
TBF with Design Professor and Architect Hansy Better Barraza, creator of the project.
As of now the installation is scheduled to stay through September 4th but it has created such buzz and enthusiasm we are very hopeful that the date will be extended and hopefully will become a permanent fixture. In fact, we are quite sure the project will be copied in cities across the world. (Remember, the First Night Celebration began in Boston, too). So, if you're one of the 15 million who make your way to Boston this year come on over and have a little snooze on us.
Particularly popular with kids (of all ages) The Big Hammock Project will begin hosting a Kid's Storytime at 3:00 PM on August 22nd. Bring your blankies!