Auckland’s hills help to define the city and making good use of them is important. As I mentioned the other day some people have started taking to “downhilling” on the rail network whereby they get off a train at Grafton and ride down to the city from there. Perhaps we could also try this type of downhilling from Bristol in the UK.
A 90m long waterslide was installed down a street as part of an art project as part of the councils plans to Make Sundays special. Over 95,000 people tried to get tickets to ride the slide but only 360 were able to be picked to do so.
Bristol artist Luke Jerram turns park street into a water slide!
On the 4th May this giant 90m (300ft) water slide was installed on Park Street in Bristol as part of Making Sundays Special and the Bristol Art Weekender. Running from 11am-5pm for one day only, the day was an event for the city to remember!
96,573 people signed up for their chance to get a ‘ticket to slide’, through a ballot with only 360 tickets were issued to a few lucky people on the day.
Enabling people to navigate the streets of their city in a new way, the slide is a simple architectural intervention and a playful response to the urban landscape. Like many of Jerram’s projects the installation requires public participation to be activated. The person on the slide becomes the performer, while spectators either side watch on.
This massive urban slide transforms the street and asks people to take a fresh look at the potential of their city and the possibilities for transformation. Imagine if there were permanent slides right across cities.
As you can see from the video the event was really popular for not just those on the slide but for people watching too.
There’s more photo’s here.
So how about the council do something similar (in summer). Perhaps it could be done combined with closing Queen St to cars for a day.