Aventura Slide Tower by Carsten Höller Debuts at Aventura Mall
Arts Aventura Mall Expands with Three Site-Specific Installations in Expansion Wing
WHAT: The Arts Aventura Mall program recently introduced three site-specific contemporary installations in the shopping center’s new expansion wing, including Aventura Slide Tower, a nearly 93-foot-tall spiral structure by German artist Carsten Höller, which acts as a towering landmark and an exhilarating slide.
As visitors arrive to the shopping center, they will be awed by the monumental piece, which can be enjoyed from a distance, or inside while actually sliding down the sculpture – an experience Höller likens to “an emotional state…somewhere between delight and madness.” Höller is world-renowned for large-scale artworks that transform common expectations of social spaces by altering perceptions and creating unexpected sensations – both physical and psychological. The slide brings joy to the shopping center and allows guests to interact with a museum-like piece.
“I have long asked what would be the result of sliding if it was part of the daily routine?” Höller wonders. “Can slides become part of our experiential and architectural life? Here Aventura Mall has given me the opportunity to test my ongoing hypotheses, in this case using a slide to reshape the typical mall experience and inserting it into people’s daily lives.”
In addition, the new wing is home to Gorillas in the Mist, a whimsical outdoor fountain by The Haas Brothers featuring three larger-than-life bronze gorillas and four massive bronze trees, circulating and spraying water. Inside, Wendell Castle’s bronze, thought provoking Veiled in a Dream is part sculpture, part furniture, providing visitors an object to admire and a chair to sit on.
Nearly 30 million visitors each year experience Arts Aventura Mall, which includes more than a dozen museum-quality works in a variety of mediums positioned throughout the center. For more information on Arts Aventura Mall, visit www.aventuramall.com/arts.
WHEN: Aventura Slide Tower debuted Friday, December 15, and is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Aventura Slide Tower and Gorillas in the Mist are located outside Aventura Mall’s new expansion wing on the east side of the property. Veiled in a Dream is inside the wing.
ABOUT AVENTURA MALL: Aventura Mall is defined by Culture, Style and Taste. The shopping center recently debuted its new three-level expansion wing, highlighted by experiential additions to the Arts Aventura Mall program, the much-anticipated return of Zara, the first Topshop Topman in Florida, Treats Food Hall, and an array of dining destinations. Aventura Mall also features a collection of upscale boutiques, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Fendi, Burberry and more, as well as more than 300 shopper favorites such as Apple, Anthropologie, H&M and Urban Outfitters. Aventura Mall is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call (305) 935-1110 or visit online at www.aventuramall.com.