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May 6, 2014

Slip-n-Slide through Bristol

Bristol was slipping and sliding this week.

Bristol was slipping and sliding this week.

Summer in Europe sometimes mean dealing with their uncomfortably muggy heat waves, and while there are many ways to cool off (see what Berliners do here), folks in Bristol UK are beating the heat in a fun, albeit child-like way.

This week, the city’s steep Park Street was closed off and transformed into a 300-footlong slip-and-slide. The concept of this was relatively simple, according to artist Luke Jerram, who was inspired to build the waterslide after simply looking at photographs of children playing along Park Street during the 1900s.

Using tarp, hay, water, and dish soap, grown-ups became kids again with this large slip-n-slide!

Using tarp, hay, water, and dish soap, grown-ups became kids again with this large slip-n-slide!

Spectators had to be pretty lucky to test out the slip-n-slide. While it was free to the public, enthusiasts had to put their name in a lottery to have a go at sliding down the chute. In this case, out of the 96 000 entrants, only 360 were given the opportunity to test it out.

Although he’s an artist, Jerram knows proper slip-n-slide architecture - building the slide with a large tarp and bales of hay, and optimizing slide speeds by mixing water and dish soap together while folks rode an inflatable raft.

Thrill-seekers around the world can experience this large slip-n-slide on the first Sunday, every month this summer. So make sure to check it out if you’re heading to Europe!

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