The fountain’s designer, Bertrand Lavier, has become known for his surprising constructions that reinterpret venerated works, such as Dali’s Mae West sofa, in an ironic twist on our definition of fine art, kitsch and the everyday. Previous works you might have heard of include a replica of a Frank Stella painting in neon tubes, a film of Mark Rothko’s dark images that evokes the experience of viewing the paintings, and a sculpture by Alexander Calder which he placed on a radiator. He has also become known for his everyday objects which he coats in a thick layer of paint, dubbed his ‘van-gogh-brushwork’, to make the object itself into a painting.
The project follows the Serpentine’s first commission, a wonderfully baffling creation entitled ‘On top of Another Rock’ by Swiss artists Fischli/Weiss. This bright and joyful creation, which is far more a sculpture than a fountain, is certainly worth a visit.
|What||Bertrand Lavier Fountain, Serpentine Sackler Gallery|
|Where||Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive , Kensington Gardens, London , W2 2AR | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Lancaster Gate (underground)|
14 Oct 14 – 04 Oct 15, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more information|