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Trampolines in history: The innovative future!

We’ve followed them from their beginnings to today in our ‘adiampolines in History’ series, but where can trampolines possibly go from here? With the backyard trampoline—as epitomised by Vuly—already a marvel of industrial design and construction, how much more is there to innovate?

Not only do we think that there’s plenty more that we at Vuly can do to improve on backyard trampolines, but we also think that trampolines will have a bigger place out in public as recreational and artistic installations.

Trampoline future: Building bridges to public places



trampoline-history-bridgeSource: HNGN

At Vuly, we envision trampolines becoming more integrated into, and enriching, our lives. Take this proposal from 2012 for a Trampoline Bridge in Paris by French design firm, Atelier Zündel Cristea. The floating, bouncy platforms were intended to, in Zündel Cristea’s words, “Invite […] visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water”.

Like the social experiment where commuters chose to play and walk on a staircase that mimicked a piano—rather than take an escalator—the Trampoline Bridge concept demonstrates how we’re moving towards a more playful and engaging society, and shows how trampolines can participate in that shift.

Although it was never built, Paris’ Trampoline Bridge still generates buzz on social media; who knows? Maybe another city will take up the idea soon!

Trampoline future: Amazing art installations



Interactive art is wildly popular in our modern culture, and there have been some fantastic examples of ways that artists can use trampolines to engage with their installations’ audiences.

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Source: Heluva Studios

The interactive art sculpture on display in Yokohama during 2013 was a perfect example. While the exterior looked like a strange spider’s egg, the white inflatable container concealed an interior of tightly woven black webs. The hybrid trampoline-hammock allowed users to climb around inside, bounce or relax—a breathtaking visual, and a refreshing sensory, experience.

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Source: News.com.au

Similarly, the 121 square metre ‘On Space Time Foam’ exhibit at HangarBicocca in Milan during 2012 consisted of 3 levels of thin film 20 metres off the ground, which constantly changed shape as users moved on it. According to its creator, Tomas Saraceno, ’On Space Time Foam’ was intended as a show how “Each step, each breath, modifies our entire space.”

While not traditional trampolines, both of these exhibits demonstrate how we can creatively use the idea of bouncing to interact with each other on a deeper level.

Trampoline future – Park progress



Not all the trampoline installations of our modern future need to be adult art pieces! At Vuly, we’re familiar with trampoline parks, and we’re keen to see what inspiring innovations are in store for our kids.

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Source: Crochet Concupiscence 

Take the textile playground by crochet artist Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam as an example. Horiuchi-MacAdam’s famous crochet playground at Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park perfectly represents the idea of bringing novelty textures and colour to trampoline parks.

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Source: BBC News

Speaking of novelty, the world’s largest underground trampoline park in Gwynedd, Wales is deep inside a mountain, with interconnected slides and stairways, and is illuminated with neon lights! This kind of supermassive and visually striking trampoline attraction is just where we see parks going in the future.

Have you seen any amazing innovations, or art pieces that include trampolines, out there? We’re always excited to see what’s happening beyond the backyard!
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29 September, 2015

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