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Pink Pyramid in the Park (or Mastaba)

July 18, 2018

Brave all the tourists to visit the Serpentine in Hyde Park, and you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular pink and blue pyramid in the middle of the lake.

Ok, technically it is actually a Mastaba not a Pyramid, which if like me, you didn’t know, the mastaba is a shape which dates back to Egyptian times and is the shape of their tombs. Luckily there is nothing tomb like about this huge 20m high sculpture which is made up of over 7,500 barrels and weighs 600 tonnes. The sculpture by Christo is the first major outdoor public work by the 83-year-old in the UK.

To truly appreciate the vast scale of the work, you need to get up close to the Mastaba with the swans.

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We could have swam in the Serpentine, but the thought of stripping off and braving the cold murky water was rather unappealing. Instead we packed a mini picnic (G&T’s and some crisps), hired a pedalo and set off. Secretly I’ve always wanted to go on a pedalo in Hyde Park but felt it was a bit touristy for someone living in the city so I was delighted to have an excuse, in the name of art to hire one.

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    We had a barrel of laugha. And our pedalo came complete with a special G&T holder, what more could a girl want.

So what did I think? It serves no real purpose and I desperately wanted to climb on it which is strictly not allowed, but I loved it. What can I say, there is just something about this pink structure gleaming in the middle of the lake, against a brilliant blue sky that made me very happy. It is fun, frivolous, and rather fantastic.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018 is on at Serpentine Gallery from 19 June to 9 September 2018. The Mastaba is on public display. Both are free to visit.

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