A walking roller coaster sculpture in Germany gives public art a fun twist.
At first glance, this steel and zinc structure resembles any other roller coaster with its winding curves and signature loop-de-loop, but a closer inspection reveals that people are not riding on anything, but rather walking up and down the twists and turns. Named Tiger & Turtle, Magic Mountain and located in Duisburg, Germany, it was designed to give visitors a thrill-ride inspired view of the surrounding German countryside. Designed by sculptors, Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter, the public art piece took eight weeks to assemble and was named the Tiger & Turtle, Magic Mountain because the roller coaster represents the speed of a tiger, but the curious have to investigate it at the speed of a turtle.
Standing about eleven meters in height, the giant sculpture is part of the city’s Capital of Culture project and features 249 steps on the walkway (totaling 220 meters) and LED lights to illuminate the handrails at night. Situated in Heinrich-Hildebrand-Height in the Angerpark, the piece gives a nod to the past, as the park in which it is situated once produced zinc before it was transformed into a recreational space.
Most rollercoasters are known for their speed. Duisburg’s Tiger & Turtle, Magic Mountain is known for the exact opposite. Although, the costly roller coaster isn’t exactly a walkway in the sky, (the loops are simply for show), it’s a great undertaking that provides the public with an alternative way of appreciating their natural surroundings.