The proposed structure would incorporate real-life ballooning equipment and playground features

Fans of Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park will soon encounter a fanciful new sight at the conclusion of an ongoing design contest. One contest entrant hopes to outfit the park, which is visible from Manhattan and Roosevelt Island across NYC’s East River, with a floating, whale-sized installation, and thereby delight kids and adults alike.

“Balloon Swing” by Australian architect Jesse Lockhart-Krause is a proposed temporary sculpture involving a “colorful and flamboyant hot-air balloon.” While tethered to the ground for safety, the balloon would support a single children’s rope swing, allowing “a unique and memorable ride within the protection of the surrounding trees.”

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