Pumped is an exercise apparatus for parks that allows citizens to use their exerted energy to help power their city.
Pumped hangs or lays (depending on whether the user chooses to work their arms or their legs) near a pond, to which it is connected. Every time the cord is pulled, water is drawn up and pushed back down when released.
Users may swipe their QR code on the app or their Carte Citoyenne, Paris' rewards card for cultural, entertainment, and artistic events. In doing so, they can keep track of their training time, repetitions, the amount of oxygen provided, its equivalence in number of fish saved, and their achieved rewards.
This particular piece was designed for France's main botanical garden; Jardin des Plantes de Paris. Most of the energy in this area of the garden is used to keep the ponds' water in movement, providing oxygen for the fish within and preventing stagnation.
Thus, those citizens exercising in the park can use Pumped to put the energy that they would otherwise be "wasting" into use for the benefit of the city and the environment, all while enjoying their natural surroundings and taking part in city life.
Several months were spent visiting and thoroughly researching the area, interviewing the park's workers, and speaking with people who exercise in the park. We tested the soil's fertility and irrigation, as well as the pond's oxygen and debris levels.
We then went on to ideate, sketch and model potential solutions to transform human energy that was being exerted on the top level of the park into oxygen for the body of water below.
After digitally and physically modelling, we concluded and prototyped both the object and the service design model behind it.
Marie Bigot and Floriana Verardi at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), Paris
20" x 15" x 10"
Reclaimed wood, rope, rubber handle, screen, and recycled metal frame.
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