OUE: Skyspace
Sky Slide over Los Angeles
Review by Ross Anthony

Yes, there's a glass slide on the side of a Los Angeles building. It's a unique way to get from the 70th floor to the 69th floor which hosts an open-air observation deck. "Clearly" these are impressive attractions when visiting DTLA (downtown Los Angeles), but OUE's Skyspace doesn't stop there. Well, rather the first stop is the 54th floor, where you can walk through sweeping video panoramas of the city of Angeles. Walk through the clouds, or as they say here, the marine layer. Also on the 54th floor are two seemingly simple amusement "stations." Step onto an infinity mirror that will make you feel like you're hovering over a bottomless hole. Then slide up to a vision of yourself made up of particles that follow your movements. Wave your arms until the particles float off into the air. This may be the closest you'll get to the Star Trek "Beam me up, Scottie" experience.

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The actual sliding isn't as scary nor sensational as you might think. However, the surrounding experience is. Watching others slide away into the clouds. The mystery of where they've gone piques the childhood wonder in all of us; and stirs excitement knowing we're about to find out ourselves. Then once on the 69th floor, you'll cheer as those in line behind you slide down to the floor laughing. It's fleeting, but certainly a good playful stir of the heart. As for the open-air observation deck, the view over LA into the hills proves warmly sustaining.

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In order to venture up into the fun space above, you must first journey into the Earth to park your vehicle. Visitor parking seems like 5 levels underground -- we were told to continue onto P2. Best to inquire about parking costs as downtown parking is always a premium. That said, The US Bank building is relatively easy to access from the 110 fwy. Just remember to quickly get to the right lane once you've exited onto 4th street in order to turn right on the ramp that leads to the right turn to Hope Place which comes up almost immediately. We visited at 10 am (a few weeks after launch/opening) crowds were minimal. (www.skyspace-la.com)

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  • SKYSPACE by OUE. Copyright © 2016. Review & Photos by Ross Anthony based on Sunday July 28th, 2016 visit • 633 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA .

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