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Luke Jerram's Massive Blue Water Slide Stops City Traffic for a Day in Bristol

by , 05/06/14
filed under: Art, News, Urban design

Luke Jerram, Urban Design Bristol, Architectural Intervention, Art Intervention, Car Free Bristol

A strip of blue plastic coated straw bale, surrounded by excited onlookers allowed thrill seekers to sail down the middle of an iconic Bristol street from the Wills Memorial building and City Museum at the top to College Green at the bottom. The slide was part of a Bristol City Council initiative to ‘Make Sundays Special’. Sadly only 360 people were able to grab a time-slot to slide on the day, but thousands were able to enjoy a car free space and festival atmosphere.

Related: Summer Streets NYC Will Once Again Ban Cars From 7 Miles of Manhattan in August

Jerram creates urban projects that engage city inhabitants. He placed pianos on the streets of New York and London for members of the public to play. He also brought the world’s largest solar powered chandelier to Bristol and Bath Science Park back in 2012. The artist told the Guardian: ‘We’d have to keep the slide open every day for eight months to let everyone who has applied have a go.” After a sun soaked day on the streets, Bristolians are now asking, “So why can’t we?”

+ Luke Jerram

Via Bristol Post

Photography by Simon Galloway and Artur Lesniak

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1 Comment

  1. purplegran May 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Brilliant and to think a guy in Honiton pub was moaning about the trafic!

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