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Wednesday | 09 November, 2016 | 10:16 am

Tiger & Turtle—Magic Mountain

By Mark Koenig

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November 2016 - From afar, it looks like a neglected theme park relic sitting quietly and alone atop of a barren hilltop‚ but it’s actually an interactive work of art. Designed by German artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, the steel Tiger & Turtle “walkable roller-coaster” sits 148 feet above the surrounding countryside of Duisburg, Germany. While physics don’t allow for full-circuit passage around the loop, sightseers can explore the roller coaster’s twists and turns over 249 steps at the speed of a turtle on a structure that represents the acceleration of a tiger, says Mutter. About 120 tons of galvanized steel were used to make the sculpture, which is supported by 17 posts. LED lights are integrated into the handrails so that the work can be appreciated after dark. Visible for miles. the sculpture works as a landmark for local residents. Photo: Philipp Laumann

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