Grand Opening of the London Mastaba

Mastaba
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MASTABA

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World-famous artist Christo is creating another floating structure after his amazing art project “The Floating Piers” in Italy two years ago.

Now his work and creative genius gets to live through a magical Mastaba in Serpetine Lake in London’s Hyde Park.

““The mastaba is a very ancient form,” Christo explains in front of a journalist from The Guardian. “It originated in Mesopotamia at the time humans moved from agricultural societies to urban ones. It became common as the shape of benches outside the first urban Mesopotamian homes. Later it became associated with pharaohs’ tombs.”

The artist chose to work with the team of Deep Dive Systems again. It is a continuation of their successful work together, when they completed “The Floating Piers” in lake Iseo in Italy in 2016.

Deep Dive Systems, under the brand of BulDock, is responsible for the construction and anchoring of the floating structure. The Mastaba itself, is a stack of 7,506 55-gallon barrels, floating in the lake.

Christo’s Mastaba is a modern masterpiece. It measures 20m in height, 30m in width and 40 in length.

The size is not the only impressive feature of the artwork. Its mesmerizing colors are capturing visitors attention as well. The ancient looking structure combines red, blue and mauve on the vertical walls. The barrels on the slanting walls are red with a white ring.

The artist with Bulgarian roots says he chose these exact colors because of the landscape, the vegetation, the foliage of the trees and, of course, because of the rainy and the sunny days in London.

The team of BulDock, which is also from Bulgaria, felt very privileged to be able to materialize this massive project, which, until recently, lived only on a piece of paper.

The cubes are quality modular systems made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) – a polymer with numerous properties, including chemical resistance, impact resistance and high strength.

The initial tests of the Mastaba structure were held in an undisclosed location. The main goal of the professionals at BulDock was to find how the platform would react to the water movements and the changing pressure from the wind. The most important task, however, was to find out how the superstructure would be behaving on the platform.

With regards to funding, all of Christo’s art is self-financed. He creates each project with the intent that it is free for the general public. This one is no exception.

Today is the first day visitors can enjoy the breathtaking London Mastaba. There is no charge or a need for reservation. It will be opened for everyone to enjoy until September 23.

World-famous artist Christo is creating another floating structure after his amazing art project “The Floating Piers” in Italy two years ago.

Now his work and creative genius gets to live through a magical Mastaba in Serpetine Lake in London’s Hyde Park.

““The mastaba is a very ancient form,” Christo explains in front of a journalist from The Guardian. “It originated in Mesopotamia at the time humans moved from agricultural societies to urban ones. It became common as the shape of benches outside the first urban Mesopotamian homes. Later it became associated with pharaohs’ tombs.”

The artist chose to work with the team of Deep Dive Systems again. It is a continuation of their successful work together, when they completed “The Floating Piers” in lake Iseo in Italy in 2016.

Deep Dive Systems, under the brand of BulDock, is responsible for the construction and anchoring of the floating structure. The Mastaba itself, is a stack of 7,506 55-gallon barrels, floating in the lake.

Christo’s Mastaba is a modern masterpiece. It measures 20m in height, 30m in width and 40 in length.

The size is not the only impressive feature of the artwork. Its mesmerizing colors are capturing visitors attention as well. The ancient looking structure combines red, blue and mauve on the vertical walls. The barrels on the slanting walls are red with a white ring.

The artist with Bulgarian roots says he chose these exact colors because of the landscape, the vegetation, the foliage of the trees and, of course, because of the rainy and the sunny days in London.

The team of BulDock, which is also from Bulgaria, felt very privileged to be able to materialize this massive project, which, until recently, lived only on a piece of paper.

The cubes are quality modular systems made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) – a polymer with numerous properties, including chemical resistance, impact resistance and high strength.

The initial tests of the Mastaba structure were held in an undisclosed location. The main goal of the professionals at BulDock was to find how the platform would react to the water movements and the changing pressure from the wind. The most important task, however, was to find out how the superstructure would be behaving on the platform.

With regards to funding, all of Christo’s art is self-financed. He creates each project with the intent that it is free for the general public. This one is no exception.

Today is the first day visitors can enjoy the breathtaking London Mastaba. There is no charge or a need for reservation. It will be opened for everyone to enjoy until September 23.

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