Post by Steven Dale
A discussion in the comments of a recent post got me thinking about the Rostock gondola.
Built for the BUGA festival in 2003, it’s a system that’s mostly been forgotten and I have to assume the reason for this is that it no longer exists. It was designed and built as a temporary installation. The system was disassembled and then reassembled in Munich 2 years later for their BUGA festival. After which time it was disassembled and never heard from since.
As such, it’s pretty hard to find any information on it.
Nevertheless, rummaging through my archives, I found an old Doppelmayr promotional DVD of the Rostock system. I typically avoid posting promotional materials by either of the large manufacturers, but given the dearth of information out there, I thought I’d make an exception.
The music isn’t great and the video is certainly dated, but it’s well worth a look. There’s more than a couple unique things about the installation. See if you can spot them (the important stuff comes around the 1:50 mark):
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