As the clock turns . . .

As the clock turns . . .

It’s time for a giddy, twisting slide down a sculptural steel clock tower, built by Belgian artist Carsten Höller.  Mr. Höller has been building slide sculptures since 1998, and topped this slide with a tilted and spinning clock.  Like the earth, this over-19-1/2-foot diameter clock rotates on its axis and every twelve hours its hands form the letter “V”–the logo for the furniture company Vitra in Weil am Rhein, Germany, who commissioned the work of art, which was unveiled earlier this year.

The illuminated clock is set above a 100-foot-high viewing platform, from which you can descend by a spiral slide.  It is, as Mr. Höller says, “a sculpture that you can travel inside.”  The spinning clock allows people from every direction to check the time.  Mr. Höller prefers that idea to consulting a cellphone, a gesture that can be mistaken:“People think you could be checking your email,” he said. More information at vitra.com.