Carsten Höller

Carsten Höller
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Carsten Höller will create a nomadic sculpture that will be featured at each Station to Station stop.

Carsten Höller is a multimedia artist best known for his installations, especially his use of slides. In 2006, he created a particularly tortuous metal and plexiglass multi-story slide piece with separate tubes as part of The Tate Modern’s Unilever Series in London. Participants who wanted to engage the work from the inside had to sign releases and wear elbow pads, according to one report.

“The slide is an object that we associate with playgrounds, amusement parks and emergency exits,” Höller told an interviewer for The Tate. “I’d like to extend the use of the slide: I don’t see any reason why slides should only be used by children and in the case of an emergency.”

Born in Brussels, Höller installed a similar piece in 2011 at New York’s New Museum, sending viewers of Carsten Höller: Experience down two stories. A New Museum video of the work’s installation showed workmen cutting through the space’s concrete floors and painstakingly snaking the prefabricated slide through the space. With New Yorkers being just a little more cautious — or perhaps litigious — than their London counterparts, riders wore helmets as they moved through the tubes.

Y from 2003 is a non-slide piece that incorporates 960 lightbulbs affixed to hoops through which viewers walk, their senses assaulted by bright flashing lights that suggest movement. First presented at the Venice Biennale, the work disorients — even nauseates — making it viscerally clear who’s in charge: Carsten Höller.