Look what artist Christo made at the Serpentine in London!

Mastaba. Photo Credit: www.dezeen.com

There’s a new piece of art in the water at the Serpentine Lake at Hyde Park in London. Check out this 20 meter high installation, made of oil barrels stacked on top of each other. What does it make you feel? We thought it looks beautiful, cheerful, colourful, and it changes colour with the time of day. It also reflects on the water of the lake. All this adds different dimensions to the installation.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Artist Christo is known for making the impossible possible. When designing his sculptures, Christo really tries to push the boundaries as much as he can. Some of his projects are The Floating Piers in Italy, The Running Fence in California, The Reichstag Berlin and The Gates in New York City.

The Running Fence, California. Photo Credit: christojeanneclaude.net

Kids sometimes see things a little differently to grown ups. So here’s a 13 year old’s perspective:

To me this installation symbolizes friendship. This sculpture in the Serpentine Lake made out of over 7500 oil barrels was one of the big projects that Christo made after the death of his wife, Jeanne Claude.

The shape of the sculpture is derived from a Mesopotamian bench like figure called ‘Mastaba’. These benches were made from bricks, outside mud houses in Mesopotamia, where friends could spend time together. It also depicts the friendship between Christo and Jeanne – Claude.

People can steer a boat around the sculpture in the lake and spend time together, as the sculpture is displaying the friendship between people, and between us and the elements we interact with – the water, the water fowl, the air, the light and reflections of it.

Write to us at mail@currentkids.in and tell us what you think!

Written by: Nyra Jain. Nyra is a 13 year old who enjoys playing the violin, swimming and baking!


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