Watch: See an enormous red sculpture thing turned into an enormous red slide thing

May 25th, 2016

Wednesday. Right? So here's something fun, frivolous and bright to make you forget that it's still not Friday, or even Thursday: take solace in the fact that it's almost June, which means that it's almost time for London's ArcelorMittal Orbit - more commonly known as the huge-weird-red-sticky-outy-melted-rollercoaster-sculpture-thing - to open. In fact, this Dali-on-a-particularly-bad-trip sculpture and viewing tower is actually...

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Wednesday. Right? So here’s something fun, frivolous and bright to make you forget that it’s still not Friday, or even Thursday: take solace in the fact that it’s almost June, which means that it’s almost time for London’s ArcelorMittal Orbit – more commonly known as the huge-weird-red-sticky-outy-melted-rollercoaster-sculpture-thing – to open.

In fact, this Dali-on-a-particularly-bad-trip sculpture and viewing tower is actually UK’s biggest bit of public art, and was designed by Turner Prize-winning dude Anish Kapoor and fellow artist and designer Cecil Balmond  for the 2012 London Olympic Games, sitting – as it does – in what’s referred to as the city’s Olympic Park. Quite why it was designed for the Olympics is a bit of a mystery, but now no-one cares a jot anymore, as it’s being turned into THE WORLD’S TALLEST AND LONGEST TUNNEL SLIDE.

Riders can expect to hit up to 15mph on the 40-second trip – which is basically lightspeed when you’re in a giant tunnel slide. It opens June 24. See you there.

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