Designed by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, The Tiger & Turle – Magic Mountain is the name of this imposing outdoor sculpture which opened last week in Duisburg Wanheim, Germany. This rollercoaster-cum-pedestrian walkway sits on a large hill overlooking a sleepy surburban town. The steel forms visually allude to the nearby decommissioned factory structures looming over the small town stretched before it. At 45 metres tall (147 feet), the sculpture is the largest in the country and is easily visible from every angle.
Visitors to the sculpture might, however, be disappointed as this is not a white knuckle ride, but a €2 million euro curved flight of stairs. This perceptual play is key to the project’s success, whereby, as the designers note “the roller coaster stands for acceleration and high speed of a tiger but the visitor has to explore it step by step like a turtle.”
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Photography by Werner Hanappel & Mutter Genth