Williamsburg’s new Domino Park delivers one of the most striking and innovative playgrounds in New York City. Designed by renowned Brooklyn-based artist Mark Reigelman II, Domino Park Playground pays homage to the Domino Sugar Factory and the history of the sugar manufacturing with each portion taking children through a fun-filled representation of the sugar refining process.
Through their playground journey, young-at-heart visitors will climb ramps, clamber through tubes, brave conveyer belts and catapult out slides, all the while taking in the unrivaled views of the historic site, Williamsburg bridge and the Manhattan skyline. Embarking through three stages – Sugarcane Cabin, Sweetwater Silo and Sugar Cube Centrifuge, kids will be chopped and discarded from an industrial cabin, filtered into sweet water syrup, and emerge as perfectly refined raw sugar.
Tying in the preserved industrial artifacts and elements from the site, Reigelman’s vibrant yellow, turquoise, green and brushed metal colors echo the original factory palette. Reused wood from factory floors appear on the façade of the elevated cabin alongside brightly colored valve wheels cast from the original factory artifacts which are dispersed throughout the site. The three primary structures, an elevated cabin, towering silo and an industrial container along with Stainless steel slides, climbers and catwalks are all reminiscent of the original factory’s complex architecture and infrastructure.
ARTIST: Mark Reigelman II
TITLE: Domino Park Playground (Sweetwater)
DIMENSIONS: Playground is approximately 26′(h) x 125′(w) x 52’(d) / 6,500 sqft at ground level
MATERIALS: Stainless Steel Slides, Reclaimed Wood, Galvanized Steel, Netting, Lighting, Safety Surfacing, Cast Aluminum, 3Form Colored Acrylic Resin, Artificial Turf and Rubber
LOCATION: Domino Park, Brooklyn, New York City, New York
COMMISSIONER: Two Trees
PROGRAM MANAGER: Laura Cheng
PHOTOS: Mark Reigelman II, Bill Moree