A ‘cooling bench’ is set to debut in Moscow. On 18 August it will be installed on Fontannaya Square in Sokolniki Park and dismantled after the Indian summer ends and the autumn chill begins. It is a regular park bench for 3–4 people, except for the large 1.5-metre ventilator tube facing it. People sitting on the bench will be able to use a special foot lever to turn the fan on. They will instantly feel a cool wind not unlike the sea breeze.
“The artificial wind speed will not exceed 3–5 metres per second, which can be compared to the sea breeze. We consulted meteorologists and decided to install a ‘cooling bench’, because the second half of August and the beginning of September are going to be very hot,” said Andrei Koposov, Sokolniki Park’s artistic director.
The cooling bench is not the only seasonal project in the park designed to create comfortable conditions in the park regardless of the weather. Traditionally, when the cold season begins, heated pavilions as well as street fireplaces start to appear in the park. Last winter, Sokolniki Park also provided electric valenki (felt boots) to warm feet after a long walk.