Mon, Jul 18, 2016  

ArcelorMittal Orbit: The World's Tallest and Longest Tunnel Slide


The ArcelorMittal Orbit, designed by sculptor Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond for the 2012 London Olympics, is not only the U.K.'s largest piece of public art, but now home to the world's tallest, longest tunnel slide. Created by Belgian artist Carsten Höller, who also installed slides inside the Tate Modern last year, 'The Slide' took nine weeks to construct in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

Taking around 40 seconds to go from top to bottom, the UK’s tallest sculpture slide is made of 35,000 bolts and 265 double-decker buses worth of steel.

Photo Source: ArcelormittalOrbit

 

The slide circles the sculpture 12 times, giving you intense stomach flips as you scream your way through a corkscrew section named the ‘bettfeder’ – the German word for ‘bedspring’ – before finishing with a long drop to the ground.

Photo Source: ArcelormittalOrbit
 

Construction work on The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit [Video]

 

Just try to feel it!

 
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