"Carsten Höller: Aventura Slide Tower" at the Aventura Mall, Aventura, Florida.
Now open to the public.
Aventura Mall, Miami’s premier shopping destination home to a world-class contemporary art collection, is pleased to present Aventura Slide Tower, an original commission from artist Carsten Höller. This is the artist’s first permanent slide tower in the United States. Höller, who is world-renowned for his large-scale artworks, created the structure to promote joy and a feeling “somewhere between delight and madness.”
“We are proud to have such an iconic, interactive work free and open to the public,” said Jackie Soffer, Co-Chairman and CEO of Turnberry Associates, owner and manager of Aventura Mall. “We hope that Aventura Slide Tower becomes a new landmark for the Miami community and visitors alike.”
Höller, a former scientist, describes the double-barreled Aventura slide as "isomeric.” The slide is comprised of two titanium steel slides that visitors reach by climbing a central spiral staircase, offering them a choice as they wait on a suspended platform: slide down clockwise or counterclockwise. Two friends can go down at the same time, expecting to reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour, while enjoying disorienting views of the slanted clock tower 93 feet in the air.
Aventura Slide Tower is part of Aventura Mall’s new three-level expansion wing—an inviting indoor-outdoor exchange highlighted by experiential, site-specific additions to the Arts Aventura Mall collection. On the grounds, and throughout the mall, visitors will happen upon Louise Bourgeois’s Eye Benches, The Haas Brothers’ Gorillas in the Mist, Jorge Pardo’s Untitled, Daniel Arsham’s Columns, Ugo Rondinone’s Moonrise, East, and more.
About Carsten Höller
Carsten Höller was born in 1961 in Brussels, Belgium to German parents. Höller currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, and Biriwa, Ghana. He has had major installations and exhibitions worldwide, including Test Site (2006), a series of giant slides installed in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall; Amusement Park (2006), a large installation at MASS MoCA of full-sized carnival midway rides operating at dramatically slowed speeds; The Double Club (2008–09), a work designed to create a dialogue between Congolese and Western culture in the form of a London bar, restaurant, and nightclub; Soma, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2010); Double Carousel with Zöllner Stripes, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (2011); Experience, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2011); 11th Sharjah Biennale (2013); LEBEN, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2014); 8th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2014); 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014); Golden Mirror Carousel, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2014–15); 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015); Decision, Hayward Gallery, London (2015); Doubt, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2016); and Video Retrospective with Two Light Machines, Mu.ZEE, Ostend (2017); Heine Onstad Sanatorium, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2017); Y, Centro Botín, Santander (2017); and Upside–Down Goggles (1994 – ongoing), an ongoing participatory experiment with vision distortion through goggles. Höller’s Revolving Hotel Room, a rotating installation which became a fully operational hotel room by night, was featured in the Guggenheim’s “theanyspacewhatever” exhibition (2008–09).