“You can imagine what the architects had in mind — a shifting kaleidoscope grotto or a brilliant chrysalis formed by one of nature’s more flamboyant creatures. Unfortunately, what’s been delivered is a clown’s sleeve.”

—Robert Bevan

The Serpentine Gallery in London annually commissions an architect to create a unique pavilion for the gallery’s grounds. This year, architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano were chosen.

The reviews were less then stellar.

I had the good fortune of visiting the gallery and wondering about the pavilion. While it did look a bit like a pack of small children were unleashed to weave psychedelic ribbons this way and that, it was quite interesting.

 Maybe the architects were off their game, or maybe they were just playing around. Maybe they just wanted to do something a bit different.

Basically, all we can ever do is just do what we do and do it the best we can. And once it’s out there, it’s out of our hands.

Actually, most things are out of our hands, out of our control and beyond our scope of understanding.

The world is huge, and sometimes it’s a bunch of crazy ribbons and psychedelic plastic sheeting. Colors change, things become distorted, spaces are shaped differently and we just wonder through it…the best we can.

Take a peak at Serpentine’s page on the pavilion!


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