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Z-Stream Slide

Photograph Courtesy of ZHA
The theme for Reconstruction 3, an annual art installation at Sudeley Castle, was ‘art and play’. Selected artists were invited to create interactive sculptural installations based on this idea within the castle grounds. The studio’s interpreta- tion of the brief was to create a slide for children and adults alike. Entitled the Z- stream, it emerged like a gleaming ribbon from a fissure in the rolling Gloucester- shire landscape.
Rather than following the typical climb- descent action of conventional slides, the Z-stream allows for different types of play on a single structure. It incorporates two slides with varying speeds: a longer, slower slope for young children and a fast slope for older children and adults. Access to the slide is via gill-like steps, which emerge from the side of its body and extend to provide a hiding place for children playing below. The slide’s two surfaces – one in lacquered fibreglass, the other matt rubber – meet to create a seam, which flows through the piece to give a sense of modulating speed and direction. Ridges in the surface of the rubber provide a grip for older children to climb or hang from, and another means to access the top of the slide.
  • MATERIALPolysterene
  • FINISHMilled
  • DIMENSIONSL 992cm x H 197cm x W 237cm Slide Platform Height 148cm