Friday, October 3, 2008

Incredible slides

Slides as experiential sculpture by Carsten Holler from a 2007 installation at the Tate Modern in London. Holler maintains that slides can help combat stress and depression. Borrowing a phase from french writer Roger Caillois, he describes the experience of sliding as 'voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind'. "What interests Höller... is both the visual spectacle of watching people sliding and the 'inner spectacle' experienced by the sliders themselves, the state of simultaneous delight and anxiety that you enter as you descend." (Quote from the Tate website) (Images and information from the exciting and inspirational playscapes. Additional images from flickr creative commons)

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