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Walkable Roller-Coaster

17.11.2011 | Architecture, Design
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Are you afraid of roller coasters? Well if you are then this walkway may be the best way for you to experience one first-hand without actually going on a wild ride. Designed by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, the “Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain” sculpture is a new and unique way for one to experience a roller coaster without all those shrieking screams. Constructed out of steel, tin, and zinc, the sinuous walkway rises 66 ft into the air and has 249 steps that encourage visitors to walk along its track.

Found on top of a mining waste tip, the piece is meant to be a landmark in Duisburg, Germany, as it stands nearly 280 ft above sea level. LED lights line the 722 ft long coaster so visitors can explore it day or night, taking in the surrounding sights. The whole project cost roughly $2.7 million and used 120 tons of steel! “The roller coaster stands for acceleration and high speed of a tiger but the visitor has to explore it step by step like a turtle,” says designer Ulrich Genth. Do you dare?



Photo credit: Frank Augstein/Associated Press

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