Artist Carsten Höller Brings a Massive Slide to a Miami Shopping Mall—With a Little Help From Chloë Sevigny

Artist Carsten Höller Brings a Massive Slide to a Miami Shopping Mall—With a Little Help From Chloë Sevigny

by Allie Biswas

 

Can Instagram-friendly contemporary art help the Aventura Mall succeed in an increasingly challenging retail landscape?

 

Earlier this week at a luxury shopping mall in a suburb of Miami, passersby heard an unlikely sound coming from high overhead: a disembodied, high-pitched scream. A few seconds later, the actress Chloë Sevigny emerged at ground level from a sizeable steel cavity.

Sevigny was in Miami to officially inaugurate the Belgian-German artist Carsten Höller’s first permanent slide in the United States. The slide—one of Höller’s largest to date—is a site-specific commission by the Aventura Mall, a high-end shopping center that also purchases and presents contemporary art.

After her maiden voyage on the slide, Sevigny and Höller, who are longtime friends, climbed the 93-foot-tall tower together to travel in tandem down the double-barreled structure.
Carsten Höller and Chloë Stevens Sevigny; Sevigny descending the Slide Tower
Carsten Höller and Chloë Stevens Sevigny; Sevigny descending the Slide Tower

 

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