What to see in London | Tate Modern

Heading towards the Tate Modern in Southwark, one might find hanging on a dizzying 15 interlocking wooden stairs. The stairs that seem to defy gravity represented (probably) the reference design while the London Design Festival 2013 has just ended.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern

The interactive installation Endless Stair is a feat of engineering and architectural worth climbing, inspired by a Dutch graphic artist Escher drawing.

Endless Stair Installation Outside Tate Modern

Endless Stair Installation Outside Tate Modern

With a total length of 436 meters, the staircase was built in American tulipwood, known (certainly among carpenters and interior decorators) for its excellent structural properties and impressive strength-to-weight ratio. In short, the structure made of this wood can accommodate, safely, up to 90 people at a time.

Endless Stair Installation Outside Tate Modern

Endless Stair Installation Outside Tate Modern

The work is meant to be “climb“, so feel free to get up and down the 187 steps, perhaps with the aid of the railing. At the end you may find yourself at a dead end, maybe you could get confused and return to base, or maybe, you could get to the top, and photograph the St Paul’s Cathedral. Endless Stair is open from Monday to Sunday, 09:00 am to sunset, until October the 10th.

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