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My Serpentine

Now in its 11th incarnation, the Serpentine Gallery presents its annual pavilion, a temporary structure designed by an architect who has yet to see a building in Britain realized.

This year’s theme is hortus conclusus, a contemplative garden within a garden where a much-needed moment of peace and tranquility can be found in the heart of a bustling metropolis.

Take a stroll around this stunning enclosed garden, designed by world-renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, with soaring walls that lend a sense of womb-like wonder to the environment around them, gorgeous flowers and chairs meant to be sat upon while taking in both the natural and man-made beauty around you.

Located inside the lush greenery of Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery also features a permanent work by Scottish artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, created in memory of the gallery’s former patron, Princess Diana, consisted of eight benches, a tree plaque and a circle of stones at the gallery’s entrance, as well as a rotating selection of modern and contemporary artworks.

Serpentine Gallery Pavillion 2001 Designed by Peter Zumthor

July 1 2011- October 16 2011

Kensington Gardens W2 3XA

44 (0)20 7402 6075

Photos: Courtesy of John Offenbach, Serpentine Gallery

–Ashley Churchill

 

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