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Big, curly slide set to sweep Southbank visitors off their feet

The giant spiralling slides which proved a huge hit at Tate Modern are returning to London's South Bank.

Credit: Hayward Gallery

Conceptual artist Carsten Holler installed slides - which caused several injuries - at the former power station's Turbine Hall in 2006.

Now visitors will be able to descend from the Hayward Gallery's glass pyramid ceiling to its entrance level on one of two 15-metre high slides commissioned especially for an exhibition opening later this year.

Credit: Hayward Gallery

Built into the gallery's exterior wall, the slides will "constitute a graceful sculptural installation" while also being a device for "experiencing an emotional state that is a unique condition somewhere between delight and madness", the artist said.

The show - Carsten Holler: Decision - will also feature Flying Machines, which will be installed on one of the Hayward's outdoor terraces.

It will give visitors the sensation of "lifting off" and soaring above Waterloo Bridge opposite.

Carsten Holler is truly one of the world's most thought-provoking and profoundly playful artists, with a sharp and mischievous intelligence bent on turning our 'normal' view of things upside down.

– Ralph Rugoff, Hayward Gallery Director

Carsten Holler: Decision runs at the Hayward Gallery from June 10 to September 6.