It doesn't more than a few minutes of browsing on Kickstarter to find all sorts of wild and crazy ideas. One of the coolest ones on there right now comes from the good folks at the London Design Festival.
Their dream: To build what they call a Visionary Crazy Golf course smack in the middle of London's famed Trafalgar Square. The miniature golf course would be open for one week only – during the London Design Festival in September – and would be "futuristic, fun and free for the public to play," according to the pitch on Kickstarter.
The course, which has already been approved by the London city government, would feature holes created by some of the world's most renowned architects, artists and clothing designers. The project is spearheaded by Sir Paul Smith, well known in London for his clothing and accessories designs.
Smith's hole would "transform the steps of the National Gallery into a riot of different coloured stripes, topped by a neo-classical clubhouse that echoes the museum, but has a turf roof and putters for columns," according to the Kickstarter pitch. Zaha Hadid, the world-renowned architect who died suddenly a few weeks ago, created an undulating hole with two levels that traces the shadow of the famed Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.
One of the other holes would see golf balls hurtling through a nest of pneumatic tubes; another would be a maze; yet another would be a small netted driving range; and another would feature a cross-section of one of Trafalgar Square's many resident pigeons through whose gut the golf balls would travel.
The course would be the most ambitious "intervention" in the London Design Festival's decade-long tradition of making over Trafalgar Square, Smith said. Previous installations have included a giant chess set and a light show performed by an assembly line of robots. These creations, festival officials say, are enjoyed by millions of visitors and bring an awareness of design and its possibilities to the London city center.
The course creators are seeking £120,000 – roughly $175,000 – to make it happen. That would account for half the cost, with sponsorships slated to cover the rest.
The course will transform Trafalgar Square "into a free, colourful and playful arena," Smith says on Kickstarter. "It will attract a wide, public audience, and inspire the next generation of creatives. Thousands will be able to play the course, and millions more will watch and enjoy this experience, both in the square and through media."
It sounds pretty crazy, all right. If you're interested in pitching in, there are a number of different price points offering a variety of rewards in return. You can get a mug for $36, and for $43 you get to cut the line and play the course ahead of the general public.
If you want to see more photos, illustrations and a sizzle video for the project, check out the Visionary Crazy Golf page on Kickstarter. And if you want to kick in a few bucks to reserve me a priority tee time, that'd be brilliant.