Summer Installation | Serpentine Pavilion 2022

What can I say about this year’s Summer Pavilion?

I think it looks like a hat box.

I think the designer, Theaster Gates, has misread his brief. He appears to have created something akin to a mausoleum, rather than a summerhouse. Perhaps he’s aware of that, because the Pavilion is called Black Chapel.

Shouldn’t a pavilion welcome in the sky and sunlight? Apart from the oculus, there’s no window onto the world and inside is pretty miserable (with a segment chopped off to give a home to a café. Why?).

It’s best viewed from a distance, with leaves and branches relieving the black.

The Pavilion is in place until 16 October 2022.

4 thoughts on “Summer Installation | Serpentine Pavilion 2022

  1. I don’t like it & I agree with you, it looks grim & not inviting at all (IMO). Maybe the artist, Theaster Gates,should spend a little more time in gardens, outside in nature to feel the joy of the sunshine.

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  2. Hmm … no I must admit that it doesn’t have me feeling ‘oh I’d love to go and see that’! Would be interesting to hear his explanation of the design!

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