Christo has created a temporary sculpture in Hyde Park, London, titled The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18. It will float on the Serpentine Lake from June 18 to September 23, 2018.


This is Christo's first major public, outdoor work in the UK. The temporary sculpture in Hyde Park consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform in the Serpentine Lake. It is 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), have been 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, are painted red and white. The ends of the barrels, visible on the two vertical walls, are different hues of red, blue, and mauve.


The sculpture's floating platform is being made of high-density polyethylene cubes anchored to the lake bed with weighted anchors. A primary steel scaffolding frame was constructed on top of the platform and the barrels are attached to a scaffold sub structure making a total weight of around 600 metric tons.


As with all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's projects, The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18 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.

Christo and The London Mastaba project team make very clear that attempting to climb onto the sculpture is strictly forbidden and safety measures are in place to enforce that at all times. 
The sculpture is there for all to view but public safety is a foremost concern. Lake swimmers and boaters are kindly asked to keep a reasonable distance from the artwork for the safety of all.

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