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1000 WORDS: CARSTEN HÖLLER

Being something of a specialist on playgrounds myself, I can assure you that Carsten Höller’s two slides (Valerio I and Valerio II, both 1998) at Berlin’s Kunst-Werke are quite effective and also unusually fast. It’s fun to take the slide instead of the stairs, and its amusing to see others shoot out from one of the curved cylinders. However, what first attracted my interest wasn’t so much the slides themselves, as a small drawing with the fascinating German title Hochhausrutschbahnverbindungen (Slide connections between skyscrapers), which convincingly adds a visionary dimension to the works. One could easily want to dismiss these pieces for being a little too much fun, but the drawing displays them as but a tiny fragment of a futuristic city where huge bodies of glass and steel architecture—thirty-four stories high—are connected by slides for human transportation. In fact, the two rather

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