Who says that museums can’t be fun should visit Tate Modern in London during the next 6 months.
It’s not that often that one expects screaming sounds to be heard in museum halls. With its latest installation called Test Site from German artist Carsten Hoeller, this might be seen as acceptable reactions by visitors. The five steel and plastic tubes with an average gradient of 30 to 35 degrees, cater for the faint-hearted as well as the more courageous. The longer slides give you a 20-30 second ride of up to 30 mph.
…A spokesman for Tate said that Hoeller viewed slides as a way of directly improving people’s state of mind and livelihoods.
So far Holler has installed six smaller slides in other galleries and museums, but never on the scale as in the Tate Modern exhibition. Tate management is expecting the installation to become a big success. Critics say visitors might come more for the “thrill” then to see art. The installation is sponsored by Unilever and will be at Tate Modern until 9-April-2007.