- A giant slide by Carsten Höller for the DAC in Copenhagen
The initiative is part of the Danish Architecture Center’s efforts to appeal to a broader spectrum of visitors and engage with people who do not necessarily know very much about architecture but who are interested in Copenhagen’s development, Danish design and cultural experiences.
The DAC Slide is a site-specific art installation by renowned German-Belgian artist Carsten Höller, who has created similar works in leading museums around the world, including the Tate Modern and the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein.
The impressive work by Höller is the first of its kind in Scandinavia and is a way of giving young and older visitors a rather unique emotion in a space dedicated to art and culture, something that’s just plain fun, “a kind of voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind, somewhere between delight and madness”, says the artist. So is it okay for art and architecture to be fun? If you ask Höller, the answer is yes. However, the piece is also an expression of something the artist has always wondered about: “Why don’t we use slides in architecture as a supplement to stairs, elevators and escalators?” They are fast, safe and energy-savvy...”
As Christine Buhl Andersen, chair of the New Carlsberg Foundation says, “Carsten Höller’s creations merge art and the observer – playfully and unpretentiously. But, in addition to the spontaneous experience, his works give us new perspectives on the world and our routines. Höller and Danish Architecture Center are therefore a perfect match, and it’s already hard to imagine BLOX without DAC Slide”.
It took 21 days to install the giant piece, which is made up of 13 slide sections, 94 plexiglass pieces and 159 screws, which takes you down four storeys from the DAC Exhibition Forum to the lowest level, where the Design Shop is located. Right alongside the stairs, which, of course, you can use if you don’t feel up to taking the fast way down on the DAC Slide.
Project: Carsten Höller for DAC
Location: BLOX, Copenhagen, Denmark
Find out more: https://dac.dk/en/exhibitions/dac-slide/