Tiger & Turtle - Magic Mountain is the most beautiful rollercoaster you'll never get to ride

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When night falls, the LED lights integrated into Tiger & Turtle - Magic Mountain cause the serpentine sculpture to look more like the jetwall of a lightcycle than a never-ending (albeit impassable) staircase — but that's precisely what this towering structure is.

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Designed to evoke "the sleek curved shape of a rollercoaster," the climbable large-scale sculpture stands atop the Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe — a man-made, 24-meter hilltop in Duisburg Wanheim, Germany — and rises a total of 45 meters above the surrounding landscape. The sculpture's creators, artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, describe the piece:

Illustration for article titled emTiger  Turtle - Magic Mountain/em is the most beautiful rollercoaster youll never get to ride

The dynamic sweeps and curves of the construction inscribe themselves like a signature into the scenery...From a distance the metallic glossy track creates the impression of speed and exceeding acceleration. Viewed from close up, the supposed lane turns out to be a stairway which, elaborately winding, follows the course of the rollercoaster. The visitor can climb the art work by foot. Although the course describes a closed loop, it is impossible to accomplish it as the looping emerges to be a physical barrier.

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Tiger & Turtle - Magic Mountain is on display and open to the public at the Henry Hildebrand Höhe in Duisburg Wanheim, Germany. See more images of the coaster-case over at archdaily.
Photos by Thomas Mayer via archdaily

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Since it's in the northwest part of the country, I wonder if its name is in part a reference to the black turtle of the north and the white tiger of the west in Chinese astrology.