Can art be fun?

Carstenholler 05 The Tate Museum of Modern Art in London has a new installation that is creating a buzz. The Unilever system is a series of steel and glass tubes over 5 storeys. while they are very aesthetic they are also a sensory experience transcending the visual for a totally immersive experience.

For Carsten Höller, the experience of sliding is best summed up in a phrase by the French writer Roger Caillois as a ‘voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind’. The slides are impressive sculptures in their own right, and you don’t have to hurtle down them to appreciate this artwork. What interests Höller, however, 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.

for the full article, interviews, more photos and visiting information visit the Tate website here

It sounds like awesome fun, I’m sure it is a visual and sensory experience, but who says that art can’t be fun? It might help bring kids in as well – although heavens forbid they should see some nude works while experiencing this installation 😉

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