Christo unveils floating Serpentine sculpture made from 7,506 barrels


Christo has completed The London Mastaba, a 20-metre-high sculpture floating on London’s Serpentine Lake, which represents his and late wife Jeanne-Claude’s determination to make art free.

Based on the trapezoid shapes of mastaba, an Arabic word for bench given to Egyptian tombs and seats found outside homes in ancient Mesopotamia, the temporary sculpture is the realisation of the artistic duo’s shared dream of creating a floating version of a form that has fascinated them for half a century.The London Mastaba, which is made of 7,506 painted barrels secured to scaffolding and anchored in the lake, was entirely self funded and is free to view by all.



This is so crazy I love it


It looks absolutely amazing, but what does it mean?! :smiley:


Does it have to mean something? Big, expensive and colourful does it for me :joy:


Will be visiting this in september :slight_smile: He wants to leave the meaning of the work open to interpretation by viewers, but as @Peff mentioned we know that it is referring to ancient Egyptian architecture. I think of it as a representation of how people in a society are dependent on each other to stay afloat.

As he said:

“There are no messages, there is something you need to discover yourself.
I cannot direct you, you should develop your senses”