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New 'mastaba' sculpture is set afloat on The Serpentine

By Maurice Shasha  //  Wed 20th June 2018
The latest sculpture by artist Christo, named The London Mastaba, is now floating in the middle of The Serpentine in Hyde Park. It is free to see and will remain in position until 23rd September 2018.
A new, large-scale sculpture is making waves on The Serpentine
It's not a case of blink and you've missed it. The latest sculpture by artist Christo is now floating in the middle of The Serpentine in Hyde Park – and it is unmissable.

The sculpture, called The London Mastaba, is semi-pyramidal in shape with a flat roof. Its form echos the shape of an ancient Egyptian tomb from where it takes its name (mastaba means 'eternal house' in ancient Egyptian).

The London Mastaba comprises 7,506 painted empty barrels stacked one on top of the other, all painted in vivid shades of red, blue, and purple. The barrels are attached to scaffolding and anchored in the lake to hold the large-scale sculpture in place. It is approximately 20 metres high.

The sculpture is self-funded by the artist, and is completely free to view, which follows Christo's governing principle that all art should be free to view.

The floating of The London Mastaba on The Serpentine coincides with an exhibition being held at the nearby Serpentine Gallery, entitled Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018, which chronicles the work of Christo and his late wife Jeanne, who died in 2009.

The London Mastaba will remain on the lake, free for all to see, until 23rd September 2018.

Christo's next career challenge is set to be the construction of another mastaba - one that is roughly eight times higher than that which currently floats on The Serpentine - to be put up in the Abu Dhabi desert.

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