“The normal urban environment is hard, angular and not often playful. We go about our business with the type of calculated indifference cultivated through years of city dwelling. But when that cold, hard environment suddenly changes unexpectedly, we have no choice but to snap out of our collective reverie and take notice. That is precisely what happened when residents of Bourges, France came upon a highly unusual section of sidewalk.
La ville molle (part I & II) from Raum Raum on Vimeo.
This urban art installation was created by the Raum in the Box residence at the National Superior School of Art in Bourges. From a distance (and ignoring the small spigot at the top) this bump in the bricks looks almost like a speed bump. But when pedestrians stepped on it, it gave way and began to ripple and sway.
The “bricks” hid a soft water-filled cushion that provided an unusual way to interact with the city landscape. Children, adults and even pets were enchanted by the feeling of a fluid surface beneath their feet.
From Web Urbanist.