[February 12 2018]
At the entrance to Aventura Mall’s expansion wing sits Aventura Slide Tower, a nearly 93-foot-tall spiral structure by German artist Carsten Höller. Höller, who is world-renowned for his large-scale artworks, created the 9-story public artwork to promote joy and a feeling “somewhere between delight and madness.”
“The slide can be experienced both by sliding down it or by viewing it from the outside with people coming down in it—which are different, but both powerful, experiences,” said Höller, who is world-renowned for large-scale artworks that transform common expectations of social spaces. “I have long asked what would be the result of sliding if it was part of the daily routine?” Höller wonders. “Can slides become part of our experiential and architectural life? Aventura Mall has given me the opportunity to test my ongoing hypotheses, using a slide to reshape the typical mall experience.”
A celebration of the site-specific work took place on Sunday, February 11, where the artist’s long-time friend, actress Chloë Sevigny, joined him in taking a ride in tandem down the double-barreled slide. The slide is comprised of two titanium steel slides that visitors reach by climbing a central spiral staircase, offering them a choice as they wait on a suspended platform: slide down clockwise or counterclockwise. Two friends can go down at the same time, expecting to reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour, while enjoying disorienting views of the slanted clock tower 93 feet in the air.
The installation is part of the ever-evolving Arts Aventura Mall program, which includes more than a dozen museum-quality works positioned throughout the Center.
Photo Pierre Björk