The Serpentine Lake in London’s Hyde Park is the venue for the latest exhibition by Christo Javacheff, the renowned artist from emerging Europe usually just known as Christo.
His London Mastaba comprises rows of 55-gallon barrels laid end-to-end, comprising 90-foot-long flanks sloping at a 60-degree angle, each cylindrical container coloured with identical bands of red and white.
Javacheff is a Bulgarian artist who focuses mainly on environmental works of art and who worked with his French wife Jeanne-Claude until she passed away in November 2009. They first met in Paris in October 1958 when Christo painted a portrait of Jeanne-Claude’s mother, after which they fell in love and continued working together. Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris.
The Mastaba will float on the Serpentine Lake until September 23 and represents Christo’s first major public outdoor work in the UK. The temporary sculpture coincides with an exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, which includes sculptures, drawings, collages and photographs spanning more than 60 years.