Just weeks after an ancient cathedral in England installed a temporary mini golf course inside the building in order to attract new members, another is following suit with a giant spiral slide circling a tower (a.k.a. a “helter-skelter”).
This time, the Norwich Cathedral has installed the 55-foot-tall ride so that visitors can “enjoy a better view” of the building’s high roof.
The [Rev Canon Andy] Bryant added: “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.“And so was born the idea, could we get people up higher to these roof bosses and so appreciate that they are exquisite art as they are the most beautiful pieces of stone carving but also the story that’s captured within them which is the story of the Bible.”
Right. The roof. That’s the ticket.
At least it’s waaaaaay more fun than hearing a sermon. And much like religion, the joy is short-lived and the slide goes in the same direction as the church’s reputation.
The £2 ride will be open until August 18. There will undoubtedly be people who treat this as blasphemy, but given the unpopularity of organized religion right now, you can’t blame them for the publicity stunt.
Maybe in the future, they’ll have the spiral keep descending downward so the kids can experience a metaphorical Hell. (See? Even Sunday School can be more entertaining.)
(Thanks to Jim for the link)