Britain’s tallest sculpture gains a slide


London architecture firm Bblur has designed an epic slide, which will wrap around the tallest sculpture in the UK.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower in London’s Olympic Park, will be home to a slide that allows visitors to exit the tower in a more stylish way than usual – at 15mph.

The slide itself, which will be around 180m long, will get riders to the bottom in approximately 40 seconds, giving them a unique view of the city skyline along the way.

Opening in spring 2016, the slide may become a new hit tourist attraction – read more about this fun idea here.

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An industrial labyrinth


A Belgian design team has created an industrial twist on the famous Labyrinth, playing with space and structure for an interactive experience.

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh’s one kilometre ‘Labyrint’ sculpture consists of 186 tonnes of steel, which form intricate corridors five metres high.

The installation uses large geometric shapes, such as cones and spheres, to create intriguing voids and offer unique perspectives for visitors, allowing them to see into other sections and outside the maze.

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the C-Mine Art Centre in Genk, Labyrint also features a steel tower, which provides a bird’s eye view of the sculpture.

Take a closer look at Labyrint here and tell us if you would dare to experience it.

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A DNA-inspired art trail


Cancer Research UK has launched an innovative art trail, based on the DNA double helix.

The organisation has teamed up with SomeOne to install twenty one DNA-inspired sculptures around London, in order to raise awareness for the Francis Crick Institute.

The double helix sculptures has been customised by top artists, including Ai Weiwei and Orla Kiely.

The pieces range from the sleek and futuristic to the colourful and avant-garde, celebrating the complexity of DNA.

Along with Rosalind Franklin, Maurice Wilkins, and James Watson, Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA in the 1950s.

These amazing installations will be placed around London for ten weeks; discover them here and tell us if you’ll be looking out for them.

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Madison Square Park’s striking mirage


A stunning mirrored structure has been installed above Madison Square Park in New York.

Teresita Fernández’s 500ft sculpture is made of uniquely shaped mirror-polished discs, creating a kaleidoscopic illusion known as a ‘Fata Morgana’. 

‘Fata Morgana’ creates an ethereal experience for Park visitors, becoming ‘a ghost-like, sculptural, luminous mirage that both distorts the landscape and radiates golden light’, as the artist explained.

The installation will remain in Madison Square Park until Winter 2016.

Take a closer look at this impressive structure here and tell us if you’ll be visiting the Park.

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Glasscapes


Two artists have completed a unique sculptural project made from several layers of coloured glass.

Lucie Boucher and Bernie Huebne created Glasscapes, a collection of three stunning sculptures with hand-cut painted glass layers that can be rearranged.

For instance, the seascape Ocean Laughter II can either look like a tumultuous ocean or a harmonious work of geometric art.

Explore Glasscapes here and let us know what you think.

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Italian city filled with Gormley statues


Florence is now filled with more than a hundred pieces of art by Antony Gormley, known for the Angel of the North, throughout his career.

The innovative ‘Human’ exhibition, which runs until the 27th September 2015, displays Gormley’s stunning work exploring the human body through ‘blockworks’ and more organic pieces like Critical Mass.

The 16th Century Forte di Belvedere is hosting most of the collection, with the rest, including ‘Critical Mass’, scattered around the historic fortress for a striking effect.

Have a closer look at ‘Human’ here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Paperholm: a city of moving paper miniatures


PaperholmDesigner Charles Young has been painstakingly crafting a whole ‘city’ of paper miniatures that move.

His city, called ‘Paperholm’, gains a new addition every day and models include a carousel and a windmill.

Each miniature is made from standard watercolour paper and depending on the intricacy of the piece, Young can spend up to three hours making just one model.

The designer has a Masters in Architecture and began model-making as a way of exploring his concepts.

Find out more about Paperholm here and tell us what you think.

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