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Funhouse Chapel Rides

Norwich Cathedral's Ride Helps Visitors Appreciate Ornate Interior Details

— August 13, 2019 — Art & Design
To help guests get a better look at its immaculate architecture and colorful stained-glass windows, Norwich Cathedral in England installed a towering funhouse ride. The fairground-style ride is stationed not outside but inside the actual chapel's nave, standing well over 16 meters tall. With a viewing platform at 12 meters, visitors are able to appreciate the intricacies of the medieval cathedral's Gothic ceiling—and enjoy the thrill of a ride on the slide that swirls around the structure on the way down. The helter skelter installation itself is a rental from Chipperfield's Circus and was originally built in 1947.

Reverend Canon Andy Byrant was struck with the idea during a visit to the Sistine Chapel to address the fact that "We have one of the greatest collections of medieval roof bosses anywhere in northern Europe. The trouble is they are so high up that most people never get a chance to really appreciate them."
Trend Themes
1. Interactive Architecture - Install interactive attractions and rides within architectural sites to enhance visitor experience.
2. Heritage Tourism - Develop creative ways to attract visitors to historic sites and monuments beyond traditional guided tours.
3. Multi-sensory Experience - Transform cultural visits into a more engaging, fun, and immersive experience to attract a younger audience.
Industry Implications
1. Tourism - The tourism industry can explore new ways to leverage interactive and engaging experiences to attract visitors.
2. Entertainment - The entertainment industry can collaborate with heritage sites to develop interactive rides and attractions to appeal to a diverse range of audiences.
3. Architecture - Architects and designers can explore innovative ways to incorporate interactive elements within their designs to enhance visitor experiences and appreciation of the architecture.
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