The Endless Stair designed by Alex de Rijke is made of 187 stairs and 436 metres of interlocking paths beside The Thames.
De Rijke has designed this piece using 11.4 tonnes of American tulipwood, an abundant material which he predicts will be the dominant building material of the 21st century. He called it 'the new concrete’.
From a distance this piece is visually impressive, and for anyone who saw Labyrinth with David Bowie, an absolute dream.
The dream unfortunately dies as you step on Endless Stair. It soon becomes apparent your interaction options are fairly limited and due to the high volumes of visitors, the experience is more akin to queuing on the Underground. My excitement was fairly shortlived, and despite admiring the concept and design from a distance, I was unable to revel in the materials and form up close.
Therefore, this piece works better as a sculpture or a photograph, but fails as an example of design or even as an installation piece.
I think they call this Marmite Art. Unfortunately, I have more hate, than love for it.