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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013

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serpentine gallery, pavilion, Sou Fujimot
By Sou Fujimot

Is it a cloud? Is it a climbing frame? No, it's the Serpentine's latest art exhibit. Up until the 20th October, if you walk past the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, you won't fail to be mesmerised by the three-hundred-and-fifty square metre installation occupying the front lawn.

Designed by the Japanese architect, Sou Fugimoto, the lattice structure is made out of steel poles, yet looks as light and fluffy as a floating cloud fallen from the sky. Inspired by nature, Fugimoto tries to blend artificial things into the natural environment.

His pavilion is eye catching, standout, but un-intrusive. Made with semi-transparent material, light floods through, creating a fairytale like palace. The pavilion is not only meant to be admired, but also explored. Inside is a social space with a terrace, seating area, and cafe. It is like a maze, in which you climb and weave through the poles to find your way, while at the same time, becoming part of the art.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 20th Oct
Phone: 020 7402 6075
Where: Kensington Gardens
Cost: Free
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