Zaha Hadid Architects created a temporary installation on the occasion of the gallery’s world-renowned fundraiser The Summer Party, which took place on July 11, 2007. The installation was sited on the lawn next to the gallery for a week. It was designed as an open-air space, 5.5 metres in height, which consisted of three identical fabric structures or parasols arrayed around a central point. Each parasol developed sculpturally from a small articulated base to a large cantilevered diamond shape. Taking inspiration from complex natural geometries such as flower petals and leaves, the three parasols overlapped to create the installation’s main conceptual features of complex symmetry and interweaving without touching, allowing air, light and sound to travel through narrow gaps in a form that appeared both open yet verging on closure. Raised on a low platform located within an open field flanked by a row of trees just south of the Serpentine Gallery, the installation was free standing and accessible from all sides.
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