A Trampoline Path in the Middle of Russia?
Salto is an architectural firm located in Tallinn, Estonia that was founded in 2004. Although much of its work is within Estonia, back in June the company announced that it would be participating in the Archstoyanie (‘Architectural Standing’) festival held in Nikola-Lenivets, a small Russian village several hours drive from Moscow. This unusual setting for an art and design festival is because at the turn of the millennium, artist Nikolay Polissky moved to the village and started creating large works of public art. These have since have drawn visitors to the once sleepy rural area and the festival was established in 2006.
Source: Andrej Yagubskij, Nikita Šohov and Karli Luik
Designed by Maarja Kask, Karli Luik and Ralf Lõoke, their submission for the festival is an outlandish fifty-one metre long trampoline called ‘Fast Track’. Made from rubber, it has a dual role of art installation and pathway through the park. Salto’s concept challenges the traditional notion of transport infrastructure that ‘only focuses on technical and functional aspects’ whilst ignoring the local surroundings. Fast Track takes into account the beautiful scenery of the forest, allowing people to experience the feeling of bouncing across the treetops and feeling an emotional connection with nature.
With the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games under four years away, perhaps the Russian gymnastics team could use it as an alternative training venue?