These pictures are from this years Serpentine Pavilion, which I went to with the lovely Bel absolutely WEEKS ago. You can read her post here as Bel posted about the experience mere hours after we went, meanwhile I’ve got a whole backlog of posts to sort out. Every year the Serpentine Gallery commissions an architect or artistic group to create their outdoor Pavilion. For this year, the Spanish architects SelgasCano created a tunnel-like pavilion, with connected chambers decorated with holographic ribbons, iridescent fabrics and streamers.
I feel like I’ve experienced a lot of these large, colourful chamber-type exhibits. The feeling of atmospheric wonder and of being immersed in a colour or particular visual aesthetic is incredible. I was a little bit underwhelmed at the Pavilion, although I think it’s always difficult to marry a unique aesthetic with functionality, especially in a temporary structure. Perhaps if it had been on a larger scale I would have felt more dazzled.
My personal favourite experiences have been Colourscape and the Luminaria projects created by Architects of Air, which I have seen multiple times. Earlier this year I also experienced a light tunnel in Japan and walking out into the light gardens and fields was a truly incredible moment which took my breath away – you can see some pictures here. Have you visited anything similar?