Meanwhile, in Ambulatory Roller Coasters

Magic Mountain by Tiger and Turtle

Magic Mountain by Tiger and Turtle

The designers of this convoluted but walkable structure, Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, realize that visiting their curvilinear platform may be a bit of a let down. Why? Because despite it’s amusing appearance this is not a roller coaster, but an ambulatory platform that has taken on the swooping form of that mechanical attraction.

In their own words: “The visitor climbs on foot via differently steep steps the roller-coaster-sculpture. So the sculpture subtly and ironically plays with the dialectic of promise and disappointment, mobility and standstill.” After all that hope that you had seen a roller coaster in the distance, it’s really just a set of stairs.

Still, there is something fantastic about the unlikely path this set of stairs takes. The looping tubular steel may not be animated by cars of screaming folks, but instead full of people walking around, taking photos and marveling at a curious roadside attraction– bending whatever disappointment you had until it turns back toward excitement, making a nice loop.


November 18, 2011 / By