Christo’s Mastaba – The Abu Dhabi edition

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Christo - The Mastaba (Abu Dhabi) - compared with the Great Pyramid of Giza

Christo’s first permanent large-scale work, The Mastaba, will be the world’s largest sculpture and installed 160km south of the city of Abu Dhabi. The enormous project was conceived in 1977 and will be made from 410.000 multi-colored barrels to form a mosaic of bright colors, echoing Islamic architecture. A mastaba is a type of ancient Egyptian tomb and familiar shape to the people of the region and will become larger than any pyramid.

It will take about 30 months of construction work to create the 150m high, 225m, and 300m wide sculpture. The top of The Mastaba will be a horizontal surface 127m wide and 225m deep. Through a long planning period, it’s possible to raise the entire structure on rails to its final position in about 3 to 4 days. The estimated cost is 340.000.000US$.

All images by Wolfgang Volz for Christo and Jeanne-Claude unless otherwise noted.


Published: December 28, 2012

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