Coming from a city as park poor as Los Angeles, to one with an abundance of open space such as London, is truly inspiring. I recently spent an afternoon experiencing art and architecture in Kensington’s Gardens, which features 240 acres of parkland in the heart of London.
I went expressly to see the Serpentine Sackler Gallery’s newly opened wing by architect Zaha Hadid. It’s one of only four buildings by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect in her homeland. But what really delighted me was a temporary pavilion designed by Japanese architect Sou Fugimoto. Semi-transparent, human-scaled and interactive, it was like a being inside a cloud.
Nearby, an installation by Fischli/Weiss appropriately titled “Rock on Top of Another Rock” made me smile and think of LACMA’s big boulder back home.