Alternative sidewalk design explores eco-friendly, minimally invasive ways to pave pathways for pedestrians. Artists take the concept in another direction and create a temporary reprieve from the daily grind by offering interactive spaces for play and pondering. Sometimes they’re in the concrete jungle, and other times new spaces are created in unlikely locations, allowing pedestrians to explore the terrain. The sidewalk becomes the art itself. We recently told you about a giant trampoline sidewalk, and it inspired us to search for other impressive and imaginative “sidewalk” art. See what happens when quiet footpaths, bridge walkways, city streets, and other places people tread are made over.
We mentioned the 170-foot trampoline walkway by Estonian firm Salto Architects in our Most Imaginative Design of 2012 roundup. Fast Track gives curious pedestrians in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia an extra spring in their step, allowing them to perceive their environment in an entirely new way.