A tall stripy tower has appeared in Kensington Gardens, next to Hyde Park that is undeniably tall and stripy and arty.

It’s a work of art by the German artist Gerhard Richter, first exhibited last year and will now spend the summer in London.

As far as I can understand, the concept for the art was created in 2010 as an abstract painting. The artist then photographed the source artwork and, using digital processing, mirrored and sliced the photo into thin strips.

Those thin strips now make up large panels of coloured stripes which make up the artwork.

I may have misunderstood.

Whatever the origins, a photo-friendly mass of coloured walls is now in Hyde Park next to the Serpentine Gallery and will remain there until late October 2024.

Naturally, it’s free to visit.


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  1. Hazel Morgan says:

    A sure thing to visit during the Proms this summer šŸ™‚

  2. Adrian Betham says:

    I’m sorry to say that I would deny its being arty.

    The spatial effect spoiled by the item being dumped in the way of the surrounding trees that create the sense of space and place.

  3. Nigel Headley says:

    If we are going to be precise about locations should it not be said that this object is in Kensington gardens? Hyde park is the land to the east of the West Carriage drive which divides the two areas. Iā€™m sure the nearby Peter Pan statue would not accept Hyde park as his home!

    • ianVisits says:

      A bit like the argument over Big Ben, the reality is most people call the whole park Hyde Park, even though not all of it is — had I written Kensington Gardens most people who aren’t local would have to look up where that is.

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