World’s tallest tunnel slide opens in Stratford
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 June 2016
When the ArcelorMittal Orbit was built for the London 2012 Olympics, the unusual design led some to say it looked like a helter skelter.
Fast forward four years and it has finally become one.
At 178m long and 76m high, it is the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide, and saw the opening weekend sell out just a day after tickets went on sale.
Director of visitor services at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Peter Tudor, praised the slide, which opened on Friday.
He said: “We are so thrilled to welcome the first riders to The Slide, which really is an extraordinary addition to Anish Kapoor’s iconic sculpture.
“It is a whole new sensory experience for visitors as they whizz through light and dark sections and view the ArcelorMittal Orbit like never before.”
There is the chance to get a glimpse of the east London skyline while hurtling at speeds of up to 15mph.
The slide, made up of 30 sections of steel, features drops, curves and a tight corkscrew section.
The work of Belgian artist Carsten Höller, it was created at the invitation of Mr Kapoor.
Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and chief executive of ArcelorMittal which sponsored the sculpture, said: “I am sure that the addition of the slide will attract new and repeat visitors, cementing the ArcelorMittal Orbit’s role as not just a great work of art and a great experience, but also as a symbol for the regeneration of east London.”