From afar, the steel structure looks like any other roller coaster (and a tame one, at that) with its curves and characteristic loop-de-loop in the middle– but up close, you can see that people are not riding on anything, but rather walking up and down the twists and turns. This public art sculpture titled Crouching Tiger and Turtle is located in Duisberg, Germany as an interactive landcape piece that anyone can walk through.
Designed by sculptors Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter, the piece took 8 weeks to assemble, and it looks like quite a workout to walk through. Via Kuriositas:
It stands about eleven meters in height and is part of the city’s Capital of Culture project. Visitors are encouraged to follow the twists and turns of the roller coaster and enjoy the surrounding Ruhr landscape from slightly different perspectives than usual.
You may well be wondering about the fantastic gymnastic capabilities of the locals of Duisberg. Although from a distance it looks as if the whole sculpture is accessible to pedestrians the loops cannot be walked upon. Health and safety regulations may disappoint some here but one can only imagine the challenging temptation this may present to some of the more athletic young people of the city!
All the photos were sourced from Flickr on kuriositas, because there doesn’t seem to be an official website for this amazing sculpture. That line leading up the attraction looks just as daunting as a regular line to a real roller coaster, but I’d still want to take a walk myself. [Via kuriositas.]