Our latest Curiosity of the Week features the world’s highest and longest tunnel slide. So, if you have a head for heights, read on…
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the famous twisted red sculpture which towers over the Olympic Park in Stratford, London.
Visitors have been able to take a lift to the top of the Orbit sculpture, to take in the views, since it reopened in 2014. But now there is a more thrilling way to enjoy the Orbit.
The recently opened Orbit Slide offers a chance to slide down the iconic red sculpture, in a 40 second trip through loops and curves.
One section of the attraction has been named the ‘bettfeder’, which means bed-spring. The slide is 178m tall, making it the highest of its type, with light and dark tunnel sections.
The slide is open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Advance tickets for the slide cost £15 for adults, and £10 for children. Concessions are available for students and senior citizens. Tickets are for admission to the sculpture and to go on the slide.
The slide has been created by Belgian artist Carsten Höller, at the invitation of Sir Anish Kapoor, designer of the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
The Orbit is Britain’s largest sculpture, and 60% of the structure is made from recycled steel, including material from old cars and washing machines.
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