04 Jun '12, 9am

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei's Pavilion Opens at the Serpentine Gallery in London

Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei's Pavilion Opens at the Serpentine Gallery in London

Each summer for the past twelve years, London's Serpentine Gallery commissions a different architect to design a pavilion on the adjacent park lands. It serves as an inspirational place to hang out, hear lectures and have a drink. Bonnie Alter/CC BY 2.0 This summer's has been designed by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei along with the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. It is a serene and surprisingly intimate temporary building. A disc shaped pond hovers over the ground. Twelve columns support the roof 1.4 metres above the earth. Underneath is a cork lined "den" with different levels of cork stools. So simple and so affective. Bonnie Alter/CC BY 2.0 Since the artist is forbidden to leave China, the construction has been anything but simple. The artist has been working with his partners Herzog & de Meuron via Skype, with sketches and models held up for cameras and computers to di...

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