From June 24, 2016
OK, we’re going to just fess up. We’ve lived in London for many years, and make a point of exploring and trying everything we can in this glorious city (hence creating A Little Bird). And yet we’ve never been to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. What an oversight. Well, we can’t get there fast enough now. Artist Carsten Höller, who created those utterly brill slides in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2007, has transformed Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit so that it is now not only a sculpture you can climb up (in an elevator), but one you can also slide down. Kapoor and Höller have collaborated on the project, which means the UK’s tallest public artwork is now home to the world’s tallest and longest slide. We’re somewhat nervous about travelling at speeds of 15mph along the 178m slide, with its 12 twists and turns, and 50m final straight run, but even so, it is impossible to resist the lure of feeling like a 10 year old.
Just a couple of points to note: The slides open today, 24th June, but you need to book tickets with a date and time slot, rather than just showing up. Children must be 1.3m tall and over 8 years old to go on the slide. And though the tickets are £5 for the slide, you can’t go down it without buying entry tickets to the ArcelorMittal Orbit itself, which, with its incredible views across 20 miles of London, is a huge attraction in its own right anyway. See you there!