Good news from London: it's finally stopped raining. Which is a relief, I'm tired of having crap hair and damp feet. So for the first time in ages Mr & Mrs That's Not My Age jumped on our bicycles and headed over to Hyde Park to see this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Designed by the artist Ai Weiwei, it's a sunken, cork-lined structure with a circular pool of water on top. Underneath was very busy, though I managed to snap a few photos without having to ask the crowds to step aside - and the water had a calming effect:
Ai Wewei hasn't seen his latest piece of work, he's stuck in Bejing under constant surveillance. The 55-year-old Chinese artist designed the pavilion via Skype, in conjunction with Herzog & de Meuron who he worked with on Tate Modern and the Bird's Nest Stadium for the Bejing Olympics. He told the Independent, 'Using Skype is lovely. I think all projects should be done with Skype.' And he's not wrong. I'm currently trying to figure out ways of Skyping myself into the office so that I can stay at home all week. 'The pavilion concept is about memory and questioning. It's to offer something the public will hopefully enjoy at this moment, there with the Olympics. I hope the Olympics in London won't have any problems for the people who live there. But it's a civil society, the Olympics is made for the citizens.'
Shame the citizens can't get hold of tickets! At least I'll be able to buy one the good old-fashioned way instead of having to enter a Kafka-esque lottery for Never Sorry, the Sundance Festival prize-winning documentary about Ai Wewei's work, out this summer.
What have you been doing this weekend?