Bounce Below is a labyrinthine playground in a slate quarry cavern in the Welsh mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog: three huge trampolines suspended up to 25 metres above the cavern floor, surrounded by walls of netting, connected by walkways and illuminated by a green, pink and purple light display.
“We got the idea when my business partner saw this done in woods in France but this has never been done in a cavern, this really is a world first in Wales. It’s a one hour activity where customers get dressed up in a cotton overall and given a helmet, they then jump on a train and travel inside the mountain.”
Fast Track – a 52m (170 ft) long trampoline ‘jumpway’ in the wilderness created by Russian design firm Salto for the 2012 Archstoyanie Festival (a class of an architectural Burning Man in the woods) in Nikola-Lenivets:
Hardly in keeping with the boingy madness they’ve unleashed here, Salto sez:
“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 percieving the environment.
A concept (alas), suggested for installation near the Pont de Bir-Hakeim in Paris by French design firm AZC, what sez:
…it is formed of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters in diameter. In the central part of each ring, a trampoline mesh is stretched. The floating buoys, fabricated in PVC membrane, are attached together by cord to form a stable and self-supporting ensemble. Each module under tension – filled with 3700 cubic meters of air – develops in space with an arch-like form.