Friday, August 20, 2010
Largest Portable Hammock -
world record set by Hansy Better Barraza
BOSTON, MA, USA -- Hansy Better Barraza, 34, a Roslindale
architect and professor at Rhode Island School of Design,
designed a 33-foot-long and about 264 square feet hammock
, installed in the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, which
sets the world
record for the Largest
Portable Hammock, after she won a grant from The Awesome
Foundation, which donates $1,000 to an interesting project
With the help of donations and volunteers,
came together: 4,278 feet of rope made from recycled bottles
woven over curved steel pipes has been installed at the corner
of Atlantic Avenue and Oliver Street in the new Rose Fitzgerald
Kennedy Greenway Conservancy of downtown Boston.
Barraza has asked Guinness World Records to declare
the hammock, which is about 264 square feet (about the size
of a large parking space), the biggest
Portable Hammock in The World is open noon to 8 p.m.
daily (volunteers tie it up at night) until Barraza’s permits
end on Sept. 4. She said she will then offer it as a public
gift to the city.
The conservancy that manages the narrow 1.3-mile
park said yesterday it is considering keeping the hammock.
The city has looked for ways to improve the Greenway, such
as recently adding free Wi-Fi and six new food stands, amid
criticism that it lacks vitality.
The Awesome Foundation started in Boston,
but has grown to include chapters in Providence, New York
City, San Francisco and London. It awards $1,000 grants every
month for crazy brilliant ideas. If you're interested in starting
a chapter in your city, check
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Friday, August 20, 2010