Friday Funday: Turning a City Street into a Giant Waterslide

Artist Luke Jerram recently installed a 300-foot waterslide on Park Street in Bristol, UK. The "Park and Slide" event was massively attended and wildly popular.
May 9, 2014, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"On Sunday May 4 Bristol artist Luke Jerram installed a giant 90m (300ft) water slide on Park Street in Bristol, UK for members of the public to slide down," reports David Thorpe. In total, 96,000 people applied to go down the slide—360 were selected. "The tickets became like Willy Wonka tickets," says Luke Jerram in the first video embedded below.

The slide was installed as part of a program called Making Sundays Special and the Bristol Art Weekender festival.

Some choice soundbites from the first video below:

  • "Using art as a way of bringing places alive."
  • "Nobody will be able to come down Park Street again without thinking, 'it's not just place for cars; it's a place for people to enjoy themselves.'"

The art project was funded in part through a Spacehive crowdfunding campaign.

Jerram will eventually provide instructions on how to make a slide, on the cheap, in any city, on his website.

Park and Slide Bristol [OFFICIAL VIDEO] from Cinematica Media on Vimeo.

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Published on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Sustainable Cities Collective
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