Heathcote’s Walk Through the Serpentine

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One of our favorite writers, Edwin Heathcote over at the Financial Times, has a piece up about London’s famous annual Serpentine Gallery and the surrounding temporary structures it’s inspired. Just opened this past weekend, you’ve likely see a lot of photos leading up or read bits and pieces about this minds behind the oddball creation, but we always like checking in with Heathcote to give us the whole tour of whatever it is and allow him to take us through it with words (my, wasn’t that poetic?).

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion is leading the field, a real delight. The building, designed by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen, is a dark, spiralling ramp twisting around a shell-like auditorium, containing it within taut, twisting strings. The artist’s idea was to create not just an object, a sculpture in the park, but an experience. As I walked up it in the pouring rain I couldn’t help thinking of his dryer, and incredibly successful, artificial sun installation at Tate Modern.