Tate Modern slides

The Tate Modern's new Unilever-sponsored turbine hall installation was unveiled yesterday, and has shown itself to be three huuge slides, titled Test Site, from the artist Carsten Höller. What's more, you can go on the slides, and what with the biggest one being 25 metres tall, and speeds said to be up to 30mph (you ride inside a sack I think), it sounds like enormous fun.

The picture on the Tate Modern's site doesn't really do the slides justice - to get a better impression about the scale of these things, see this picture on Flickr. They really are enormous.

I caught sight of an article about the slides in one of the London afternoon newspapers on the way home yesterday (over the sholder of a fellow commuter), which had the predictable headline of 'but is it art' (or similar). For me, this such a boring question that it doesn't need to be answered. My only response is to compare the slides to the first of the big turbine hall installations, I Do, I Undo and I Redo by Louise Bourgeois. For me, that was a hugely engaging installation which played on the varying roles of participant and spectator. The slides look as if they'll work in the same way, only upping the ante even further. I can't wait.