You might think that LA has the monopoly on rocks as art right now with Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass proving a big hit - but London is about to play catch up. The revealingly named Rock on Top of Another Rock by Fischli/Weiss will be the first and only public sculpture by the artists Fischli/Weiss to be installed in the UK when it opens in October on a site specific site near the Serpentine Gallery.
The unique installation in Kensington Gardens echoes the earliest and most basic types of monuments found around the world: two colossal rocks seemingly balanced precariously one on top of the other. Formed of two glacial, igneous granite boulders and standing approximately 5.5 metres high on a concrete base, the monumental sculpture will be visible from a number of view points in the Park.
Peter Fisschli and David Weiss's unique, varied and playful work was chosen to represent Switzerland in the Venice Biennales of 1995 and 2003, and won the Leone d'Oro Prize at the latter. They have exhibited extensively worldwide, with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1988), the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1992) and Tate Modern, London (2006). A much-loved figure, David Weiss's death in April this year from cancer prompted a huge outpouring of personal emotion and much reflection on his incredible artistic legacy. You can get a great overview of their fascinating career here.
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