Bristol gets plastic fantastic with its high street

On Sunday, 4th May, 360 brave souls plummeted down a 90 metre plastic water slide running through one of Bristol’s busiest shopping streets.

The Spacehive project, backed by 566 funders, was the brainchild of Luke Jerram, a local artist who came up with the idea during last year’s summer heatwave whilst surveying sweltering shoppers from his office window. Why not close the whole thing and turn it into a giant water slide? Sure, said the Mayor George Ferguson.

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After a crowdfunding campaign that went viral, 100,000 people signed up to take the plunge down Park Street this weekend – equivalent to one fifth of the city’s population. This is epic civic activity and we salute it.

Who will top Luke’s slide? We hear talk of zip wires whizzing across town centres, and entire high streets transformed into bucket and spade beaches. It seems Bristol’s slide has got the nation’s creative juices flowing.


By |2019-01-02T16:00:12+00:00May 2nd, 2014|Cities|

About the Author:

From teaching in the Tanzanian mountains to the digital universe of Spacehive, Aaron has stopped off in a few places along the way. After receiving an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, she worked for big internationals including Oxford University Press and the International Labour Organization, small but interesting types including Pambazuka Press and Internet Retailing Magazine before heading up the award-winning Looking for her next big adventure she joined Spacehive as their Content Marketing Manager. Here she works the words whether describing the awesome potential of a civic crowdfunded future or outlining the many dazzling features of our grant-making software. She gets to meet the project creators and share their stories as well as working with our partners to ensure they have the material they need to make impact. Outside of work she mentors with The Girls’ Network, solves mysteries and once made jam from the blackberries in her garden of which she is inordinately proud.