Christo’s ‘Mastaba’ installed on the Serpentine
The 20-metre-high Mastaba finally transforms Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude’s vision into reality. The London Mastaba (2018), a 20-metre-high floating sculpture on London’s Serpentine Lake, constructed from 7,506 oil drums was unveiled earlier this week. The structure is based on the trapezoid shapes of a mastaba – the Arabic term for ‘mud bench’ – a form dating back to ancient Mesopotamia. The London Mastaba remains Christo’s first major outdoor work in Britain.
“Each work of ours is like an expedition, something incredibly invigorating, I love to be here with the workers. I like that process. That journey is so incredible, unforgettable.” Christo said.