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New sculpture in London’s Hyde Park

March 29, 2013

The other day I went to see the Rosemarie Trockel exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. It had some interesting pieces, including what looked like some “breathing” fluffy cushions attached to the wall. But I was much more taken with the rock sculpture near the gallery entrance.   Rock on top of another rock is the first public sculpture in the UK by artistic duo Fischli/Weiss.

Fischli/Weiss, Rock on top of another rock, 2013

Fischli/Weiss, Rock on top of another rock, 2013

The sculpture, formed of two glacial igneous granite boulders sourced in Wales, resembles a west country Neolithic monument. It was certainly designed to attract passing tourists.

Peter Fischli explains: “We wanted to make something that forces you to stop your car and get out to take a photograph.”   He likes the attention the sculpture is attracting, with people being photographed pretending to stop the top boulder from falling down.

There is a parallel project in the Norwegian countryside, where a similar sculpture is placed by the Valdresflya tourist route. Here, the artists played with the notion that passing motorists might question whether the rock is part of the natural landscape or the outcome of an artistic intervention.  There shouldn’t be such confusion within the manicured grounds of Hyde Park, but the sculpture – on display until March 2014 – is certainly worth a visit.

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