From June 18 to September 23, 2018, London’s Hyde Park is home to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s newest installation: The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake).
The temporary sculpture takes cues from mastabas of the first urban civilizations of Mesopotamia, which were mud benches with two vertical sides, two slanted sides, and a flat top. Towering at 20 meters high, its 600 metric tons anchored to the Serpentine Lake, this waterborne project gathers 7,506 painted oil barrels to create a floating mosaic of red, white, blue, and mauve
The most ambitious of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s barrel works to date, The London Mastaba
is a precursor to the duo’s work in progress The Mastaba (Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
. First conceived in 1977, The Mastaba for Abu Dhabi
, if realized, would be Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s greatest achievement and only permanent large-scale work
. Situated in the desert and made of 410,000 multicolored barrels, the 150-meter-high sculpture would be the largest in the world, rising higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza
Through drawings, collages, photographs, sculptures, and scale models, this book traces the 60-year trajectory of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s interest in the form of the barrel and the mastaba. A coinciding exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries
is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Melissa Blanchflower with Joseph Constable, in close collaboration with Josy Kraft and Christo’s studio.
This book, designed by Lorenza Giovanelli and Christo himself
, spans Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s history of barrel artworks from 1958 to 2018
. It includes Christo’s earliest preparatory drawings
and most recent works
, gathering photographs by Wolfgang Volz, maps, technical data, and drawings, many published here for the first time