Turning the World Upside Down

3m diameter curved mirror sits on removable, prefabricted foundation pads in the water of the Round Pond.

Round Pond, Kensington Gardens, London

Anish Kapoor

Highly reflective curved stainless steel surfaces act as giant mirrors in the landscape of Hyde Park, creating illusory distortions of the surroundings visible across large distances, and creating new vistas.

A 3m piece was to sit in the round pond without any positive fixings or buried foundations. Small precast foundation pads were used, heavy enough to prevent overturning, light enough to negate the need for a heavy crane, which was not allowed due to the fragility of the pond’s surround.

Each pad had a pre-attached steel leg with adjustment, so that it could settle on the silt and then the base frame for the mirror could be levelled in situ.

Turning the World Upside Down

Kensington Gardens


W2 2UH


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