The $ 2.78 million, 80-foot-tall Marble Arch Hill near Hyde Park was supposed to draw tourists, but instead drew insults, with some of the friendliest comments on social media comparing its design to the ‘set of’ The Teletubbies’.
“The marble arched mound is the worst thing I have ever done in London,” said a Twitter user.
Another called it the ‘Hill s of Marble Arch’.
“It is literally just scaffolding covered in plastic sheeting and from tomorrow you can pay £ 8 (!!) to climb the stairs and admire the busy intersection from a height”, posted user. “Omg this is so bad. “
Another user noted that the reality of the hill did not match the artist’s rendering of the project filled with greenery, while many others compared its square landscape to graphics from old video games. like “Mario 64” from the mid-1990s.
The temporary facility, which will remain in place until January, is built from sod-covered scaffolding and offers great views of the area. But much of the landscape has yet to grow and parts of the facility have yet to open, officials said.
“We are aware that parts of the Marble Arch Mound are not yet ready for visitors,” Westminster City Council said in a statement posted on its website Monday. “We are working hard to resolve this issue over the next few days. “
Visitors will be offered refunds and free return tickets, the statement said. Those who bought tickets over the weekend can come and see the hill and still get a free round trip ticket, the council said.
“The Mound is a living building by design,” the statement read. “We will continue to adapt and improve London’s brand new outdoor attraction and tackle any youthful issues as they arise. “
The mound was designed by Rotterdam-based MVRDV, who said on their website that the installation was part of an effort to rekindle interest in a part of the city that is usually a bustling shopping area but which was “particularly hard hit by Covid- 19 measures.
With post wires