A massive vintage fairground ride called a helter-skelter has been installed in the center of a UK cathedral, which critics suggest is a peak demonstration of the clown world meme.
Advocates are insisting the giant gleaming slide is a “creative” way to share the Bible while providing unique views of the Norwich Cathedral’s nave; critics however, are slamming its placement.
“For such a place, steeped in mystery and marvel to buy into sensory pleasure and distraction, is to poison the very medicine it offers the human soul,” said Reverend Dr. Gavin Ashenden Friday.
— BBC Look East (@BBCLookEast) August 9, 2019
The 55-foot-tall ride took four people two days to build and will be in the Norman cathedral until August 18.
It is here.
And it is big! Very BIG.
Watch: #Timelapse of the #SeeingItDifferently helter skelter being built.
Opens this #afternoon, Thursday 8th August 2019.
Experience Norwich Cathedral in an entirely new way.
More details here 👉 https://t.co/Hdd8vzUbda pic.twitter.com/HHbJhMFnrq
— Norwich Cathedral (@Nrw_Cathedral) August 8, 2019
Twitter users naturally had a lot to say about this.
— Stefan Andreasson (@StAndreasson) August 9, 2019
When I visited Norwich Cathedral yesterday I didn't expect to find a cat, Budge, taking a nap in the stalls and a great big helter skelter in the nave! Wonder if Budge has had a go down the slide! pic.twitter.com/IZschUg0Zk
— sam wiggle design (@samwiggledesign) August 9, 2019
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A Cathedral has a Helter Skelter installed. pic.twitter.com/v3Y23O6zC5
— DrRevMotherDuderiorPHD (@Mother_Duderior) August 9, 2019
Today I learned "helter skelter" is also a noun. https://t.co/OH6Hlod9KY
— Jon (@jophpr25) August 9, 2019
Remember, the carnival attraction is “certainly not a gimmick,” stresses the dean of the cathedral, Reverend Jane Hedges.