I took a day trip to London on Saturday for what I consider to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience - to see the London Mastaba.
It’s a floating sculpture made from 7,500 steel oil drums, floating on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. It was created by Christo (who now goes by the name of Christo & Jeanne Claude, I think in honour of his late wife) - that is, the same guy who is famous for wrapping buildings and landmarks in fabric.
I don’t profess to understand this piece, but I like it. It’s massive, yet, it’s just floating there - it interrupts the view - the shape and the colour scheme gives it an almost unreal quality - as if it’s just somehow pasted into reality.
This is the first public work that Christo has done in the UK, so I feel quite privileged to have been able to witness it firsthand.
It’s only there for one more week, then it will be dismantled and recycled - the juxtaposition between its blocky, robust, solid-looking appearance, and it’s ephemeral appearance also pleases me in some way.
What do you think? The locals and tourists seemed to be loving it, but I uploaded a YouTube video about it and some of the comments are to the effect ‘this is not art’. What say you?