Giant Slides Coming To London Again

James Drury
By James Drury Last edited 32 months ago
Giant Slides Coming To London Again

An artist's impression of how the slides will look.

The giant slides at Tate Modern which captivated the capital in 2006 will be making big kids of us all again — this time as part of a major experimental exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.

Visitors to the gallery will be presented with a series of decisions as they explore the works of artist Carsten Höller — starting from being given the choice of two ways to enter the building, past Pill Clock (2011-15), a ceiling-mounted clock that will drop over a million pills onto the gallery floor, before a drinking fountain gives visitors a decision whether to take one of the pills and face its unknown effects.

Other highlights of the show include Flying Machines (2008/2015) installed on one of the Hayward’s outdoor terraces which will give visitors the sensation of soaring above the capital's traffic; Flying Mushrooms (2015), a new large-scale work of an upside-down mobile with huge psychedelic mushrooms; Moving Beds (2015), a pair of robotic beds that roam the galleries; while The Pinocchio Effect (1994) will give visitors the uncanny sensation that their nose is growing.

Finally, visitors will have to decide how to exit the building — through the gallery's glass pyramid roof, or via the giant slides.

Carsten Höller: Decision, Hayward Gallery, 10 June-6 September, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. For more information see the website.

Last Updated 31 March 2015

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