Slide on Down! Double Helix Installation Zooms Visitors Through a Renaissance Palace


You’ve never experienced Italian Renaissance architecture quite
like this. German artist Carsten
Höller
, known for his playful interactive installations,
will be installing a pair of slides in a double helix formation
within the famed Palazzo Strozzi of Florence, spiraling
visitors nearly 66 feet from the second floor terrace to the
courtyard below. Newly released renderings of ‘The Florence
Experiment’ show the temporary structure complementing the
classic aesthetics of the stone palace completed in 1538. But
it’s more than just a fun way to get around the historic
building.


Each guest who braves the slide will be asked to hold a plant
in their lap for the journey. Once they exit, they’ll hand the
plant over to scientists in a laboratory, who will investigate
whether human emotion has a verifiable impact on the plant’s
growth. Another space within the laboratory will feature two
movie screens: one showing comedies, the other horror movies.


The artist theorizes that the contrasting emotions experienced
by both audiences will transfer different volatile chemical
compounds to wisteria plants growing on the facade of the
Palazzo via a system of tubes.


If the renderings make you skeptical, consider this: Höller has
pulled off similar slide installations before, including one at
Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2006 and
‘Isometric Slides’ at the Hayward Gallery in London in
2015
, pictured above.

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