Editor's note: Karyn Lu is Turner Broadcasting's manager of New Media Insights & Inspiration. Each week, she scouts out amazing innovations, cutting-edge technology and, well, just really awesome stuff. Before it goes mainstream, it's going to be one of her 5 Things From The Future!
Picture one of the longer, steeply hilly streets that runs through your town. It's so straight and slopes just so, that perhaps you've often fantasized about it as the perfect sledding hill (minus the traffic, of course). Here in Atlanta, the image that comes to mind for me is North Avenue in Midtown. Now imagine a mega Slip'N Slide taking over the entire length of that street. Almost too awesome for words, right?
If you're lucky enough to be in Bristol, England, on May 4, you might just get to experience what sounds like an insanely fun way to get around: a solid 300 feet of slip-n-slide, right down sprawling Park Street.
That's quite a ride: 300 feet is equivalent to the length of a football field.
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The project, called "Park and Slide," was conceived by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram, who wants simply to enable people to "navigate the streets of their city in a new way." On his website, he says he views the temporary installation as a "simple architectural intervention and a playful response to the urban landscape."
Jerram is hoping to make his ambitious project a reality through crowdfunding site Spacehive -- at the moment, he has raised £3,227 (approximately $5,368 USD), and is a little more than halfway to his goal of £5,624.
Playfulness on this scale has been a big trend the past couple of years, as "5 Things From the Future" has previously featured ideas from a 170-foot trampoline running through a Russian forest to a four-story slide inside a Munich university dormitory to an entire office building in Sao Paolo turned into an arcade. It would seem that as adults, we want to return to playing like kids, and we want to do it in a BIG way.
If Jerram meets his goal by May, Bristol is in for a real treat that no kid or adult will be able to resist.
Now here are the rest of this week's amazing Things From the Future!
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• This chilly bus stop will heat you up... if you hold hands with a stranger.
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