Portuguese artist Tiago Barros‘ highly conceptual environmentally friendly method of transportation allows passengers to travel in a way one could only dream of, with the clouds. His project entitled ‘Passing Cloud’ is powered by the natural winds, held together by the clouds, while the body is formed by inner stainless steel structures that’s covered by heavy weight tensile nylon fabric. This idea was submitted to Life at the Speed of Rail Competition, which may not win but certainly doesn’t stop us from dreaming ambitious.
“This project envisions a distinct approach towards moving around the United States being also a revival of the act of traveling. Why traveling at high speed? Why having the final destiny always defined? And why always departing and arriving on a tight schedule? Nowadays, everything is set and everyone is always running around. It is time to reconsider the act of traveling and start enjoying it accordingly.
The Passing Cloud is an innovative and environmentally friendly method of transportation that doesn’t require expensive steel tracks or concrete highways. It is made of a series of spherical balloons that form the shape of a cloud. Its inner stainless steel structure is covered with heavy weight tensile nylon fabric. During the journey, It moves according to prevailing winds speed and direction at the time of travel. Since it moves with the wind, no wind is ever felt during the trip, offering the passengers a full “floating sensation”.
It’s an unique journey. The feeling of floating in the atmosphere – on top of a cloud – with an open schedule and unknown final destiny. All National Ground would be potentially covered at virtually no cost and the help of the wind. The journey becomes your destiny.” -Tiago Barros