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Ride this gigantic slide at a Miami mall

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Ride this gigantic slide, pictured here, at a Miami mall. (Image via Aventura Mall)
Ride this gigantic slide, pictured here, at a Miami mall. (Image via Aventura Mall)

What’s more fun than a slide? Nothing, except for maybe a supersized version of the playground standby.

Visitors to Miami‘s Aventura Mall get to ride exactly that. Designed by Belgian artist Carsten Höller, the 93-foot-tall pair of double-barreled slides run clockwise-counterclockwise, and can be ridden solo or with a buddy. Visitors ascend a spiral staircase to reach the top of the slippery titanium steel slides, which whisk riders away at dizzying speeds, up to 15 miles per hour. With their industrial finish and slightly goofy steampunk massing, the slides look less Miami, more City Museum—but a whole lot of fun nevertheless.

The slide-sculpture, officially Aventura Slide Tower, is part of the Aventura Mall’s recent expansion, a three-level indoor-outdoor space designed around experiential art from the likes of Louise Bourgeois, Jorge Pardo, Ugo Rondinone, and others.

Mall-goers shared their reactions to the mega-slide on Instagram. Here’s a real-time ride:

Höller, along with his friend Chloë Sevigny, glided down the tubes this weekend, too:

Happy reacts only:

And the winner is…. @baby_seal777 #carstenholler #adventuraslidetower #badseed

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