Looking for peak ambiance for aprés ski? Los Angeles-based sculptor Adam Stamp has created the perfect spot for you. The Slippery Slope, located on the Aspen Art Museum rooftop, is the latest in Stamp’s bar projects following locations in Rome, Mexico City and Toronto. Using materials and architectural references from the cities around them, the bars are referred to by Stamp as “emotional support objects,” meaning to serve as places of comfort and socialization during times of unrest.
The Slippery Slope may be Stamp’s most ambitious bar project yet. Its wooden A-frame structure, meant to evoke images of Aspen ski chalets, also serves as a public forum that encourages the posting of messages, missed connections, and more. The bar itself features wines and specialty cocktails made with liquors provided by Woody Creek Distillers, giving patrons some refreshment to muse over the sculpture. The artist has also created various accoutrements to contribute to the bar’s functions, such as napkins, matchbooks, bartender uniforms, drawings and others. Visitors looking for a memento of their experience can purchase The Slippery Slope’s bartender uniform on the Aspen Art Museum's website, screen printed on Everybody World 100% recycled cotton sweats.
While the bar was originally installed in the Aspen Art Museum in late 2020, it opened for service only recently this December. Covid-19 restrictions made the bar unable to serve its function as a full-service bar, leaving it as an architectural installation at the museum. Today, the bar is open 3-6 pm Tuesday to Sunday for all Aspenites. The Slippery Slope serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come in the last year, and all the good things to come in the new year ahead. Aspen Art Museum, 637 E Hyman Ave, 970.925.8050