170-Foot Trampoline Acts As Footpath In Russia

Never mind the back-breaking cold or the bears on unicycles, Russia just got positively joyful: the merry town of Nikola-Lenivets has made an entire pedestrian road out of trampoline. For individuals like myself who, in our childhoods, struggled with the act of staying still, the trampoline was the best invention since Ritalin. Whenever a commercial for Disney World or the Ninja Turtles theme song came on, I’d get overwhelmed with excitement, run to the mini trampoline behind the couch and jump the crazies out. It was cheap, efficient and only caused serious injury once. There comes a time, however, when jumping up and down like a spaz starts to lose its charm. That time is called puberty; the inevitable pivot in life at which voices crack, pimples emerge, and trampolines are relegated to the basement.

The masterpiece pictured above, however, the 170 foot-long trampoline designed by Salto Architects, has given people a chance to relive those manic years of childhood. Not only that, the designers said that its scale and placement makes bouncers consciously aware of their surroundings while bouncing through them. Salto had this to say about their creation, known officially as Fast Track:

“‘Fast track’ is a integral part of park infrastructure, it is a road and an installation at the same time. It challenges the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings. ‘Fast track’ is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context. It gives the user a different experience of moving and perceiving the environment.”

When I first saw it online, I didn't pause for a second to consider the Salto's lofty reason for making Fast Track. I could only think, I must go to there now, like I was seven again watching Disney. Now, as adults (or something like it) we can relish in the spirit of Fast Track: a childhood toy expanded into something that evokes joy and encourages thought.

Here are some photos of bouncing Russians. Enjoy:

It’s level with the ground so falling off the edge won’t mean watching your life flash before your eyes. photo via salto.ee

Even the ghost of Christmas Past couldn't resist. Photo via salto.ee

 "Well It’s a marvelous night for a moon bounce" photo via salto.ee

All photos from salto.ee/fast-track/

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