• The Mastaba (Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
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The Mastaba (Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Abu Dhabi, UAE,

The Mastaba is a large-scale sculpture by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the desert of Abu Dhabi, formed with 440,000 multi-colored oil barrels. Arranged on their sides, the lids of these brightly colored barrels will create a mosaic pattern along the vertical sides of the sculpture. The primary structure is designed as a directional steel truss framework consisting of a uniform sequence of rhomboid cells, which offers bi-directional load-bearing behavior. A three-layer steel framework was chosen for the sloped sides, while two layers were utilized for the vertical sides and top. The barrels at the outside walls are fixed to a secondary structure which allows for maintenance from inside of the sculpture. Since the ten-day erection process is part of the artists’ performance, a highly advanced erection process has been developed—wherein the goal was to find a solution that does not generate stress results that are higher than in the final state. The Mastaba can only be viewed from the exterior and will be the artists' only permanent large-scale work.


  • Location

    Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Architect

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude

  • Cooperation

    Wacker Ingenieure (wind engineering), Vees und Partner (geotechnics)

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design of structure and erection process, commissioned by the artist (2012 - 2015)

  • Main plan dimensions approx. 300 m (vertical sides) x 225 m
    (984 ft (vertical sides) x 738 ft)
  • Sloped sides 60 degree
  • Barrels approx. 440,000 (55 gallons/200 l), steel
  • Height approx. 150 m (492 ft)
  • Horizontal surface on top approx. 127 m x 225 m (416 ft x 738 ft)
  • Foundation reinforced-concrete base plate
  • The Mastaba (Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) by Christo and Jeanne-Claude © Christo 2012
  • The Mastaba (Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) by Christo and Jeanne-Claude © Christo 2012

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