A giant 95m (300ft) water slide was installed on Park Street in Bristol as part of Make Sunday Special and the Bristol Art Weekender – understandably, it became known as the Park and Slide. Running for one day only, it was an event people of the city will remember for many years to come and was conceived by Luke Jerram whose multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects.
He is known worldwide for his large scale public engagement artworks. 96,573 people signed up for their chance to get a ‘ticket to slide’, through a ballot with only 360 tickets issued to a few lucky people on the day. Security clocked in 65,000 people who came to Park Street to watch.
With an incline of 6.5 degrees, participants slid at an average of 18km/hr = 11.2mph. (Calculated from this film). The slide was used by children and adults ranging in age from 5 to 73 years old. It obviously caught the world’s imagination – over 600 million people around the globe heard about the slide through the 350 news and press articles.