The London Mastaba

Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park
2016-18

Christo created a temporary sculpture in Hyde Park, London, titled The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18. It was floating on the Serpentine Lake from June 18 to September 23, 2018. This was Christo's first major public, outdoor work in the UK. The temporary sculpture coincided with an exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work (June 19 to September 9, 2018), which included sculptures, drawings, collages and photographs spanning more than 60 years. The sculpture and the exhibition both drew on Christo and Jeanne-Claude's history of using barrels to create works of art.

Since the late 1960s, Christo had sought a suitable site for a floating Mastaba. The temporary sculpture in Hyde Park consisted of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform in the Serpentine Lake. It was 20 meters (65.5 ft) high x 30 meters (90 ft) wide (at the 60° slanted walls) x 40 meters (130 ft) long. The standard 55 gallon barrels, 59 x 88 cm (2 ft x 3 ft), were specifically fabricated and painted for this sculpture. The sides of the barrels, visible on the top and on the two slanted walls of the sculpture, were painted red and white. The ends of the barrels, visible on the two vertical walls, were different hues of red, blue, and mauve.

The sculpture's floating platform was made of high-density polyethylene cubes anchored to the lakebed with weighted anchors. A primary steel scaffolding frame was constructed on top of the platform and the Barrels were attached to a scaffold sub structure. The total weight was 600 metric tons (660 US tons). The footprint of the sculpture took up approximately 1% of the total surface area of the lake.

As with all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's projects, The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18 was funded entirely through the sale of Christo's original works of art. No public money is used for Christo's projects and he does not accept sponsorship.

The Mastaba for Serpentine Lake, Project for Hyde Park, London
Christo
The Mastaba for Serpentine Lake, Project for Hyde Park, London
Collage 2017
14 1/2 x 18 3/4" (36.8 x 47.6 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, aerial photograph, technical data and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2017 Christo
The Mastaba for Serpentine Lake, Project for Hyde Park, London
Christo
The Mastaba for Serpentine Lake, Project for Hyde Park, London
Collage 2017
14 1/2 x 18 7/8" (36.8 x 47.9 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, aerial photograph, technical data and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2017 Christo
Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London
Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Collage 2017
14 x 11" (35.5 x 28 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, color photograph by Wolfgang Volz and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2017 Christo
The site of the London Mastaba, Hyde Park
The site of the London Mastaba, Hyde Park

The footprint of the sculpture will be 30 meters wide (at the 60° slanted walls) x 40 meters long, taking up approximately 1% of the total surface area of the lake
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Collage 2017
11 x 8 1/2" (28 x 21.5 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, color photograph by Wolfgang Volz and technical data on brown board
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2017 Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Collage 2017
8 1/2 x 11" (21.5 x 28 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, color photograph by Wolfgang Volz, technical data and tape on brown board
Private collection, Switzerland
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2017 Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Collage 2017
17 x 22" (43.2 x 55.9 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, color photograph by Wolfgang Volz, map, technical data and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2017 Christo
Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London
Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London
Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Drawing 2017 in two parts
30 1/2 x 26" and 30 1/2 x 12" (77.5 x 66.7 cm and 77.5 x 30.5 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, enamel paint, hand-drawn technical data, map on vellum and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2017 Christo
Ref. # 1-2017
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Drawing 2017 in two parts
15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, enamel paint, hand-drawn map on vellum, technical data and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2017 Christo
Ref. # 2
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Collage 2018
8 1/2 x 11" (21.5 x 28 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, color photograph by Wolfgang Volz, technical data, map, mylar and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2018 Christo
Christo in his studio working on a preparatory drawing for The Mastaba
Christo in his studio working on a preparatory drawing for The Mastaba
February 2018
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Drawing 2018 in two parts
15 x 65" and 42 x 65" (38 x 165 cm and 106.6 x 165 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, enamel paint, hand-drawn map on vellum, technical data, mylar and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2018 Christo
Ref. # 3-2018
Workers assemble the sculpture's floating platform, made of high-density polyethylene cubes
Workers assemble the sculpture's floating platform, made of high-density polyethylene cubes
April 2018
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
On top of the floating platform, workers install the steel frame of the London Mastaba
On top of the floating platform, workers install the steel frame of the London Mastaba
April 2018
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
Workers screw together the sculpture's steel frame
Workers screw together the sculpture's steel frame
April 2018
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
Workers building the inner frame of the London Mastaba
Workers building the inner frame of the London Mastaba
May 2018
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Collage 2018
8 1/2 x 11" (21.5 x 28 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, color photograph by Wolfgang Volz, technical data, map, mylar and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2018 Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Collage 2018 in two parts
12 x 30 1/2" and 26 1/4 x 30 1/2" (30.5 x 77.5 cm and 66.7 x 77.5 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, enamel paint, hand-drawn technical data, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2018 Christo
Ref. # 2-2018
Workers installing barrels on the vertical side of the London Mastaba
Workers installing barrels on the vertical side of the London Mastaba
May 2018
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
Barrels being installed on the slated wall of the London Mastaba
Barrels being installed on the slated wall of the London Mastaba
May 2018
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
Workers placing barrels on the roof of the London Mastaba
Workers placing barrels on the roof of the London Mastaba
June 2018
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Christo
The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)
Collage 2018
8 1/2 x 11" (21.5 x 28 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, color photograph by Wolfgang Volz, technical data, map, mylar and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2018 Christo
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
© 2018 Christo