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We always thought we much prefer skating, biking, and driving fast cars here at UO. But that was until we noticed interactive street art appear over on flavor wire! All over the world art installations are appearing on our sidewalks, bringing us closer to our urban environments and everyday walking commutes.
Pull on your hiking boots, here are some of our favourites!
Over in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia, lies a 170ft long trampoline. Designed for the local town by Salto architects, residents are encouraged to bounce along their surroundings, taking in the local landscape in a totally unique way. The future?
In this installation, designers Matt Richardson and Ben Light attached a giant size Tetherball to a street lamp post. Watch the video to see a bemused public interact with the game. Our favourite part is when some guy swings a punch and misses the ball (you get a replay)…sucka!
Woah! Check out this stairway roller coaster over in Duisburg Germany. Maybe not the most direct route for nipping to the shops, but who cares, hands in the air people!
Sidewalk Surfing! Over in Bourges, France, local residents (and dogs) were totally shocked when this installation appeared. Seemingly a normally bump on the road, these bricks were made out air and water, putting a little spring in the step on your morning stroll!
La ville molle (part III) from Raum Raum on Vimeo.
OK, this isn’t real! But rumor has it company Studio AZC won a competition with their plans to build a trampoline over the Seine River in Paris. It’s got to happen! Health and safety can back down…
Walking the dog seems to be a lot more fun over in Minnesota. This installation, created by Michael McGillis, is a 75ft long purple log walkway. It almost seems like mother nature crafted this one herself… she’s super freaky.
The Loopgraafbrug walkway in Halsteren, Holland, goes by the name “The Moses Bridge” (Get it?). Green architecture at its finest, and more importantly, a really good picnic spot!
The artist behind this installation appears to be a complete mystery, but don’t let that rain on the parade. These colourful umbrellas were found in Águeda, Portugal, by photographer Patrícia Almeida. Leave your brollies at home!
New media collective Luftwerk landed this over in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Not to be confused with A UFO, this installation is all about noise and visuals, sucking in passes by to check it out. Watch the video, what fun!
Well there we have it, walking around your local digs just became a lot more fun. Reckon you have a good idea for an urban art installation? Let us know in the comments below…