It looks like every few years, Christo creates one of the very eye-catching and unique art exhibitions going on in the world. This season, Christo has established”a temporary sculpture in Hyde Park, London, titled The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18. It will float around the Serpentine Lake through September 23, 2018.” From what we learned on his website, the”temporary sculpture in Hyde Park consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels onto a floating stage at the Serpentine Lake. It’s 65.5 feet high x 90 ft wide in the 60° slanted walls x 130 ft long. As you may recall, Christo‘s long-time partner, Jeanne-Claude, passed away in 2009 at the age of 74.
Here is the full rundown of the project, which we’ll guarantee will be popping up on your entire Instagram accounts this season: The temporary sculpture coincides with an exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries of Christo and Jeanne-Claude‘s job (June 19 to September 9, 2018), which includes sculptures, drawings, collages and photographs spanning more than 60 years. The sculpture and the exhibition equally draw on Christo and Jeanne-Claude‘s history of using barrels to create works of art.
Since the late 1960s, Christo has sought a suitable site for a floating Mastaba. The temporary sculpture in Hyde Park consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating stage in the Serpentine Lake. It’s 20 meters (65.5 ft) high x 30 meters (90 ft) wide (in the 60° slanted walls) x 40 meters (130 ft) long. The sides of the barrels, visible on the surface and the two slanted walls of this sculpture, are painted red and white. The ends of these barrels, visible on the two vertical walls, are different hues of crimson, blue, and mauve.
The sculpture‘s floating stage is being made of high-density polyethylene cubes attached to the lakebed with weighted anchors. A main steel scaffolding framework was assembled on top of the stage, and the barrels are attached to a scaffold sub construction. The entire weight is 600 metric tons (660 US tons). The footprint of the sculpture takes up roughly 1% of the total surface area of the lake.
Like all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude‘s projects, The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18 has been funded entirely through the sale of Christo‘s first works of art. No public money is utilized for Christo‘s jobs, and he does not accept sponsorship.