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Carsten Höller and Anish Kapoor’s Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit to open 24 June 2016

The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit
Tickets for The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, London’s most exciting new experience, are now on sale, at arcelormittalorbit.com. Carsten Höller and Anish Kapoor, The Slide’s creators, were on site yesterday (Tuesday 26 April 2016) as this unique collaboration between two of the world’s leading artists takes shape.

Measuring 178m, The Slide will be the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide. People will be able to travel down the UK’s tallest public artwork through light and dark sections as London’s dramatic skyscape passes by. The Slide will twist and turn 12 times, including a tight corkscrew section named the ‘bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring.’ The Slide ends with a 50 metre straight run to the ground. In the exhilarating 40-second trip, riders are expected to hit speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.  

The Slide is made up of 30 sections, each measuring between five and nine metres long. The Slide is being lifted into place by a team of specialist abseilers, using a complex procedure involving ropes and pulleys that’s been specially designed for this construction project.  

Anish Kapoor, 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.”  

Carsten Höller, 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.”  

Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal said: “I am delighted to continue to support the ArcelorMittal Orbit and 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. I can’t wait to have a go!”  

Peter Tudor, Director of Visitor Services, London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “After taking in the incredible views of the city from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, what better way to descend the UK’s tallest public artwork than by whizzing down a slide?  This will be one of the most exciting things to do in London – and yet another reason to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”  

Construction is being led by Buckingham Group Constructing Ltd using specialist abseilers provided by CAN Structures, with structural engineering work provided by BuroHappold. The Slide has been manufactured by world-renowned slide manufacturer Wiegand and British firm Interkey, who are based in Corby. Steel has been generously contributed by ArcelorMittal, whose original donation made possible the realisation of Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s vision for the ArcelorMittal Orbit in 2012.  

The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit facts
• The Slide is 178m long and 76m high, and will twist and turn 12 times, including a tight corkscrew section named the ‘bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring’
• The Slide ends with a 50 metre straight run to the ground. In the exhilarating 40-second trip, riders are expected to hit speeds of up to 15 miles per hour
• The Slide is the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide
• The Slide is made from 800mm diameter, 3mm thick stainless steel tubes that make up 30 sections. People will be able to see out through polycarbonate 'windows' for some of the Slide
• Riders are expected to hit speeds of up to 15 miles per hour

Ticketing
To ride the Slide, you need to buy a £5 Slide ticket in addition to a ticket to the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

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