Crazy commuting: British artist wants to construct 300-foot water slide on city street

If the project is successful, Jerram will distribute information allowing other cities to build similar slides.

March 28, 2014 |

Luke Jerram hopes, with the right funding, to build a 300-foot water slide in the heart of Bristol, England.

Considered an art installation, the slide is meant encourage people to think about how they use the city and what they want it to become in the future.

The slide would go up for one day–May 4, 2014–on Park Street, which has a steep incline. 

"As artists, architects, planners, and just the public, maybe it’s up to us to think of how we want to use the city, and what sort of future we want to see,” Jerram told Complex. "I suppose I think this slide is sort of an experiment, an arrow pointing in one particular direction."

His "Park and Slide" concept is currently on Spacehive.com, as Jerram is crowdfunding the more than $9,000 project. According to Complex, if the project is successful, Jerram will distribute instructions so that other cities can build their own slides. 

The slide has already had a trial run and has been approved by the Bristol City Council.

The public will not only be free to use the slide, states the appeal for funding, but, "like many of Jerram's large-scale art projects, Park and Slide requires public participation to be activated and invites anyone to come and have a go."

 

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