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London is getting giant slides

Slide down a tube in the name of art

Christopher Hooton
Tuesday 31 March 2015 14:35
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Like having fun but not unless it's under the guise of an important artistic statement? This is the exhibition for you, with the Hawyard Gallery set to be strapped with a pair of giant, spiralling slides this summer.

The slides are returning after proving a hit in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2006, allowing viewers to experience the installation from the outside looking in and the inside looking out, making the viewer become the viewed and creative a cognitive…oh whatever basically you just get to slide loads and go 'weeeeeeee!'

The slides form part of Carsten Höller's Decision, which runs from 10 June – 6 September 2015 and features lots of other immersive installations.

There's Pill Clock (2011-15), a ceiling-mounted clock that drops over a million pills onto the gallery floor, before a drinking fountain gives visitors the choice of taking one and facing its unknown effects, Flying Machines (2008/2015), which will be installed on one of the Hayward’s outdoor terraces and give visitors the sensation of soaring above London's traffic, Flying Mushrooms (2015), a sort of large-scale upside-down mobile with huge psychedelic mushrooms and Moving Beds (2015), an efficiently titled work that sees a pair of robotic beds roaming the galleries.

This should go some way in making up for the disappearance of the ball pit for adults, and prove as big a hit as Martin Creed's balloons.

Carsten Höller: Decision. Hayward Gallery, 10 June-6 September, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX.

There's more info on the exhibition here.

@christophhooton

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