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Catch The London Mastaba While You Can
Catch The London Mastaba While You Can

Christo and Jeanne-Claude The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18 Photo: Wolfgang Volz

Last month we said The London Mastaba was on it’s way, but now it’s here! Be sure to see this installation if you can.

Christo The Mastaba for Serpentine Lake, Project for Hyde Park, London Collage 2017 Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, aerial photograph, technical data and tape 14 1/2 x 18 3/4″ (36.8 x 47.6 cm) Photo: André Grossmann © 2017 Christo

Via www.christojeanneclaude.net:

Christo will create a temporary sculpture in Hyde Park, London, titled The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake). It will float on the Serpentine Lake from June 18 (weather permitting) to September 23, 2018. This will be Christo’s first major public, outdoor work in the UK. The temporary sculpture will coincide with an exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries of Christo and Jeanne–Claude’s work (June 19 to September 9, 2018), which will include sculptures, drawings, collages and photographs spanning more than 60 years. The sculpture and the exhibition both draw on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s history of using barrels to create works of art.

the mastaba (project for london, hyde park, serpentine lake) | collage 2018 | 8 1/2 x 11″ (21.5 x 28 cm) pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, color photograph by wolfgang volz, technical data, map, mylar and tape photo by andré grossmann © 2018 christo

Since the late 1960s, Christo has sought a suitable site for a floating Mastaba. The temporary sculpture in Hyde Park will consist of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform in Serpentine Lake. It will be 20 meters (65.5 ft) high x 30 meters (90 ft) wide (at the 60° slanted walls) x 40 meters (130 ft) long. The standard 55 gallon barrels, 59 x 88 cm (2 ft x 3 ft), will be specifically fabricated and painted for this sculpture. The sides of the barrels, visible on the top and on the two slanted walls of the sculpture, will be painted red and white. The ends of the barrels, visible on the two vertical walls, will be different hues of red, blue, and mauve.

Image via: Design Boom the site of the mastaba in serpentine lake: the footprint of the sculpture will be 30 meters wide (at the 60° slanted walls) x 40 meters long, taking up approximately 1% of the total surface area of the lake

The sculpture’s floating platform will be made of high-density polyethylene cubes anchored to the lakebed with weighted anchors. A primary steel scaffolding frame is constructed on top of the platform and the barrels are attached to a scaffold sub structure. The total weight will be approximately 500 tons. The footprint of the sculpture will take up approximately 1% of the total surface area of the lake.

As with all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects, The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake) is being funded entirely through the sale of Christo’s original works of art. No public money is used for Christo’s projects and he does not accept sponsorship.

Visitor information about the sculpture and exhibition will be regularly updated on The Royal Parks and Serpentine Galleries websites:


Follow Christo on Instagram for updates: @christoandjeanneclaude

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