Artist turns street into giant water slide

BY Colleen Shalby  May 6, 2014 at 2:16 PM EST

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How do you turn ordinary places into extraordinary works of art? For some, a flash mob is one way. For artist Luke Jerram, the answer was a giant water slide.

In March, Jerram revealed his plan to turn a hilly and busy street in Bristol, England into a giant water slide — one that spanned 300 feet.

Nearly 100,000 people entered a lottery for the chance to ride the slide and 360 people received the “golden ticket,” reminding many of Charlie’s good luck in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

The crowdfunded project required a few thousand dollars to pay for the amount of soap, plastic and hay bales necessary to create the slide on Park Street.

“I’m happy to take over a street,” Jerram told the BBC. “And this slide is an architectural intervention really.”