Here’s a way to make art more fun: Turn museums into giant playgrounds. The Tate Modern in Britain has done just that, with the Test Site exhibit by installation artist Carsten Holler. Carsten sees slides as an essential mode of human transport, and wants to see the use of slides grow in the coming years, saying, “The installation is an experiment into the reception of slides by the public and the effect they have.” Think slides aren’t art? Carsten responds: “Going down can be like being under the influence of a drug, a thrilling experience, but it is also a fast and efficient way of getting from A to B. It’s a playground for the body and the brain. It’s art and it’s not art.” The slides are made of stainless steel and polycarbonate acrylic glass. Visitors sit in canvas sacks and slide from the fifth floor to the ground, accelerating to speeds in excess of 30mph. The biggest slide measures in at 55.5 meters long and has a drop of 27 meters, so these aren’t exactly for the faint of heart. No if he’d just build a slide from my house to Britain so I could check this exhibit out, the world would be one man happier.
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