'World's Longest' Tunnel Slide Opens In London

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Here's a new and unusual way to take in the London skyline: by zipping down a tunnel slide that claims to be the world's tallest—and longest.

Simply called The Slide, the 584-foot-long attraction opens on June 24 at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. It was built around the ArcelorMittal Orbit, a 377-foot-high public artwork and observation tower opened to commemorate the London 2012 Olympics. The Slide features both exposed and covered sections—the exposed sections are covered with transparent material—to allow riders see the London skyline.

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According to the attraction's website: "Visitors will circle around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times as they weave their way through the famous loops and curves of the iconic structure." Those curves include "a tight corkscrew section," and the experience, which lasts 40 seconds, ends with a 164-foot "straight run back down to earth!" the website says. Visitors whizzing through the snaking tube can go as fast as 15 mph, The Spaces, a digital magazine, reported back in April.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: Visitor comes out of the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London, United Kingdom on June 23, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: Visitor comes out of the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London, United Kingdom on June 23, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: Visitor comes out of the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London, United Kingdom on June 23, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in use. 
The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in use. 
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Construction workers assemble The Slide on the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on April 26, 2016 in London, England. Tickets for The Slide, the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide, created by artists Anish Kapoor and Carsten Holler went on sale today. The 178 metre slide from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which will open on June 24, takes 12 turns with riders expected to reach 15 miles per hour before reaching the ground. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Anish Kapoor and Carsten Holler pose for photographers in front of the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on April 26, 2016 in London, England. Tickets for The Slide, the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide, created by artists Anish Kapoor and Carsten Holler went on sale today. The 178 metre slide from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which will open on June 24, takes 12 turns with riders expected to reach 15 miles per hour before reaching the ground. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Anish Kapoor and Carsten Holler pose for photographers in front of the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on April 26, 2016 in London, England. Tickets for The Slide, the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide, created by artists Anish Kapoor and Carsten Holler went on sale today. The 178 metre slide from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which will open on June 24, takes 12 turns with riders expected to reach 15 miles per hour before reaching the ground. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Construction workers assemble The Slide on the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on April 26, 2016 in London, England. Tickets for The Slide, the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide, created by artists Anish Kapoor and Carsten Holler went on sale today. The 178 metre slide from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which will open on June 24, takes 12 turns with riders expected to reach 15 miles per hour before reaching the ground. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Construction workers assemble The Slide on the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on April 26, 2016 in London, England. Tickets for The Slide, the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide, created by artists Anish Kapoor and Carsten Holler went on sale today. The 178 metre slide from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which will open on June 24, takes 12 turns with riders expected to reach 15 miles per hour before reaching the ground. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Construction workers assemble The Slide on the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on April 26, 2016 in London, England. Tickets for The Slide, the world's tallest and longest tunnel slide, created by artists Anish Kapoor and Carsten Holler went on sale today. The 178 metre slide from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which will open on June 24, takes 12 turns with riders expected to reach 15 miles per hour before reaching the ground. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
Work continues at The Slide at Arcelormittal Orbit at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: Visitor goes down the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London, United Kingdom on June 23, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: Visitor goes down the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London, United Kingdom on June 23, 2016. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Tickets, including admission to the ArcelorMittal Orbit's observation deck, are currently on sale for around $22 for adults and $15 for children, who must be at least about 4 feet, 2 inches tall—and eight years old—to ride.

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Belgian artist Carsten Höller designed The Slide, which is one of several he's designed. Another one of his works was installed at the New Museum in New York in 2011.

Höller said this was the first time he has attached a slide to another piece of artwork. "Now that the two artworks will be intertwined with each other, I see it as one of these double situations that I am so interested in," he told The Spaces.

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Höller developed The Slide based on a proposal by London-based Bblur Architecture, which was approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation last summer.

The post 'World's Longest' Tunnel Slide Opens In London appeared first on Vocativ.

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