Tickets for The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit go on sale
PUBLISHED: 11:14 26 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:26 26 April 2016
Tickets for the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have gone on sale at Stratford’s ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s tallest public artwork.
The Slide’s creators, Carsten Höller and Anish Kapoor, are at the Park today to mark the collaboration ahead of the 178m tunnel’s opening on June 24.
Riders are expected to hit speeds of up to 15 miles per hour during the 40 second trip.
They will twist and turn 12 times before hitting a tight corkscrew section named the bettfeder, after the German word for bedspring, before ending with a 50m straight run to the ground.
Anish Kapoor, who created the ArcelorMittal Orbit, said, “I am delighted that my work, the ArcelorMittal Orbit at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the site for a collaboration with Carsten Höller.
“I believe it will result in the making of a new work which will bring two works of art together in an ambitious way.”
The Slide is made up of 30 sections and riders will be able to glimpse London’s impressive skyline as they pass through light and dark parts of the tunnel.
Carsten Höller, who designed the slide at the invitation of Anish Kapoor, said: “Since 1999, I have built a number of slides, both free-standing and attached to buildings, but never onto another artwork as in this case.
“Now that the two artworks will be intertwined with each other, I see it as one of these double situations that I am so interested in.
“I like it when a sense of unity is reached in two separate entities, and you can find this thought to repeatedly occur in my work.”
Visitors who want to ride the slide must purchase a £5 Slide ticket in addition to a ticket to the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
Advance adult tickets cost £15, including entry fee to the ArcelorMittal Orbit, while on the day adult tickets cost £17, including entry fee to the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
Newham residents, and all residents in the host boroughs, will receive discounts on tickets.
Concessions are available for children, students, seniors and family groups. Annual passes are available for the ArcelorMittal Orbit only.
Click here to purchase tickets.
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