Feeling jumpy? Bounce down a trampoline sidewalk

Forget the bouncy house. Now there's the bouncy sidewalk, which debuted at a recent modern-art festival in Russia.

Salto Architects

Sadly, the French trampoline bridge Crave told you about last month remains a concept. But in some news that's sure to make you jump with hopeful joy, Russia recently boasted an actual trampoline sidewalk. Could there be a more fun way to get from Point A to Point B? I think not.

On this sidewalk, shoes are optional. (Click to enlarge.) Archstoyanie Festival

Estonian firm Salto Architects built the sidewalk for the Archstoyanie Festival, an annual art and design exhibition in the village of Nicola-Lenivets about a four-hour drive away from Moscow. Archstoyanie visitors used the 167-foot-long "Fast Track" sidewalk for both play and playful transport between festival venues.

Salto calls Fast Walk both a road and an installation.

"It challenges the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings," the firm says of its bouncy creation. "'Fast Track' is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context."

I can think of a lot of places where the local context would love this. Imagine commuting to work on this thing. It'd be darn hard not to walk into the office smiling.

(Source: Inhabitat)

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