Mark Raynes Roberts is a crystal artist and designer, born in England.  He has worked with many of North America’s top 
Fortune 500 companies with his major works of art presented to royalty, world leaders, Hollywood celebrities and sports superstars, and in private and corporate art collections internationally.

 

Mark Raynes Roberts’ crystal art is currently on exhibit and for sale at the Plateaux Gallery at Thomas Goode & Co., 19 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2BN United Kingdom

 

Tel: 44 0207 499 2823 

Exhibition and Sale runs October 2013 to January 2014

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Hyde Park - The Italian Gardens, located at the west end of the Serpentine, are an oasis of spectacular

Hyde Park – The Italian Gardens, located at the west end of the Serpentine, are an oasis of spectacular fountains commissioned by         Prince Albert in loving appreciation of his wife Queen Victoria

 

 

By Mark Raynes Roberts

 

 

A Walk In The Park

 

 

 

One of the great joys of London is taking a morning walk through one of the many beautiful parks in the city.  My personal favorite being Hyde Park, the largest of the four parks which also incorporates Kensington Gardens.

 

 

A Walk in the Park. The new Serpentine Sackler Gallery was opened on September 28, 2013 and designed by architect Zaha Hadid

A Walk in the Park. The new Serpentine Sackler Gallery was opened on September 28, 2013 and designed by architect Zaha Hadid

 

 

Covering over 630 acres, the park dates back to 1536 when Henry VIII acquired the land for his hunting, however it was Charles Bridgeman in 1733, who is formerly credited with the landscaping seen today including the Serpentine pond.  Open year round, the ever changing art sculpture in the park provides stimulating vista’s for joggers, families and bankers on the way to work to enjoy.

 

 

The Serpentine Gallery continually changes its outdoor sculpture throughout the year. Sculpture shown, Rock on top of another Rock by design collaboration Fischli and Weiss.

The Serpentine Gallery continually changes its outdoor sculpture throughout the year. Sculpture shown, Rock on top of another Rock by design collaboration Fischli and Weiss.

 

During the height of the Victorian era Hyde Park was also the site of the Great Exhibition, and The Crystal Palace designed by architect Joseph Paxton in 1851.  The beautiful restoration of the Albert Memorial (built in 1872) is located in Kensington Gardens opposite the Royal Albert Hall and is a must see for tourists to London.  The evening sun providing a spectacular effect on the 24kt gold statue of the seated Prince Albert, the late husband of Queen Victoria.

 

 

Kensington Gardens - the beautifully restored Albert Memorial located opposite the Royal Albert Hall.

Kensington Gardens – the beautifully restored Albert Memorial located opposite the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Just around the corner from the famous Peter Pan bronze sculpture, at the west end of the Serpentine are the Italian Gardens which boast fountains and ponds reminiscent of a Tuscan villa.

 

The most recent addition to the park has been the opening of the stunning new Serpentine Sackler Gallery, on September 28, 2013 which was designed by renowned Iraqi born architect Zaha Hadid.  A welcome addition to the main Serpentine Gallery, the Sackler provides more gallery space for contemporary international artists.

 

Whether the sun is shining or clouds suggest rain, Hyde Park is an oasis of peace which is well worth a walk through.

 

 

 





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