London Walk 2: Carsten Höller, Tate Modern
Big slides for big kids in the Turbine Hall.
(Photos/words © urban75, 20th January, 2007)
I've always enjoyed checking out the installations that try and fill the enormous space of the Turbine Hall, and rather liked Höller's quirky collection of slides.
I'm not sure if I'd call it 'art' as such, but who cares when it looks like so much fun?
Here's what the Tate website says about the installation:
"For Carsten Höller, the experience of sliding is best summed up in a phrase by the French writer Roger Caillois as a 'voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind'. The slides are impressive sculptures in their own right, and you don't have to hurtle down them to appreciate this artwork. What interests Höller, however, is both the visual spectacle of watching people sliding and the 'inner spectacle' experienced by the sliders themselves, the state of simultaneous delight and anxiety that you enter as you descend."
Looking towards the main entrance of the Turbine Hall.
The queues were enormous, stretching the entire length of the Turbine Hall.
Someone coming down!
Reaching the bottom.
That blur on the right is a human!
End of the ride.
Taking it easy in the winter sunshine outside the Tate Modern.
Continuing my walk westwards, I passed the Millennium Bridge.