Big Hammock, 2010

Hansy L. Better Barraza

There is a rich cultural history of hammocks within the arts, as a woven net or fabric cloth, they are simple in gesture, form and execution. Situating a hammock within a public park can elevate the social implication of that object. The Big Hammock is intended to serve the community as a simple lounge space as well as a sculptural expression. The Big Hammock created new ways to interact with and admire the urban and historical setting, complimenting the greenway as space of public leisure. The 8’ x 33’ wide hammock was located at Parcel 19 in the Fort Point Channel Parks area, on a self supporting steel frame and hung 36” high from the ground. The new suspended common ground where the individual’s weight, size and position were in concert with other bodies on the hammock. It was a social ground.

The Big Hammock was woven out of 100% recycled PET rope. The rope’s length is 2550 feet (warp) and 1728 feet (weft), with a total of 4278 feet–which makes it 5.5 times longer than the Boston Hancock Tower is tall.

About the Artist:

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Hansy L. Better Barraza, received her first professional Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cornell University (1997) and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Design School (2000).  Hansy is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Registered Architect in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New York.  She is NCARB certified to allow for reciprocity in other states.

As an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and as well as a practitioner, Hansy offers an intense focus on design methods that embrace social responsibility as she works with clients to reach their goals for every project. Hansy’s work fuses handcraft and digital fabrication techniques to bridge the advancement of the means and methods of construction with an awareness to the working of materials that ties it to a specific culture, environment, or manufacturing process.


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Big Hammock, 2010