© Christo / Photography: Wolfgang Volz

Christo Javacheff (1935) knows a thing or two about disproportionate artwork. In collab with his wife and creative partner Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009), the New York City-based artist has launched a series of headline making projects around the planet. The duo first conceived The Mastaba in 1977, and the massive artwork was to emerge in the desert near Abu Dhabi. The stacked barrels never emerged there, but  now, over four decades later, they see the light of day amidst the lush greens of Hyde Park in London. Called The London Mastaba, the artwork comprises of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform in The Serpentine lake.

Measuring 20 metres (65.5 ft.) x 30 metres (90 ft.) x 40 metres (130 ft.),  the gallon barrels have been 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, are painted red and white. The ends of the barrels, visible on the two vertical walls, are different hues of red, blue, and mauve. The sculpture’s floating platform is made of high-density polyethylene cubes anchored to the lakebed with weighted anchors (on display through Sep 23). The display of The London Mastaba coincides with an exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude‘s iconic work at the nearby Serpentine Galleries. Location: The Serpentine, Hyde Park (Belgravia).

© Christo / Photography: Wolfgang Volz