The London Mastaba

by Protima Daryanani

The London Mastaba  on Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park .

The London Mastaba on Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.

The London Mastaba, the first major outdoor public work by the artist Christo in the UK, consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked, painted barrels on an anchored floating platform. The sculpture’s total weight is 600 metric tons, but it only takes up approximately 1% of the lake's total surface area. “It’s a dream come true,” Christo says in ArtNews about the piece. The London Mastaba, which took two years to produce, is entirely funded through the sale of Christo’s original art works. For those who can't make it to Hyde Park, The London Mastaba can also be experienced in virtual reality via the Acute Art app for free. Users of the app can look down on the sculpture from a bird’s eye view and see it at different times, including sunrise and sunset. For those who can make it in person, the sculpture is on view to September 23, 2018. Go see it while you can. It's magnificent.