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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Commerce and climate change

Today's Guardian and Evening Standard both have stories of fascinating sculptural pieces in London.

Barnaby Barford was inspired by the story of the Tower of Babel to create a teetering tower at the V&A formed of 3,000 china replicas of retail outlets from every postcode in London. He says, “I thought how London is like hundreds of different countries and languages all in one city, how this is expressed through our shops, and how I could build a tower that would be both a celebration and critique of commercialism.”

The second is a 'sculpture, entitled The Rising Tide, has been installed near the bankside of Vauxhall bridge and is the work of Jason deCaires Taylor, 41, a British artist best known for creating the world’s first underwater museum in Cancun, then again in the Bahamas.'

'The installation, which sits less than a mile from the Houses of Parliament, comprises four life-size shire horses, standing as a symbol of the origins of industrialisation but also as a warning for the bleak future it is creating for the world by their representation of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

While the bodies of the figures and horses are moulded from real life, each of the horses’ heads has been replaced by the “horse head” of an oilwell pump – a political comment on the impact of fossil fuels on our planet.'

'At high tide, you might barely know they’re there. But as the water level of the Thames comes and goes twice a day with the tide, the four ghostly heads – and the horses they sit atop – slowly emerge fully into view.'


T. Bone Burnett - Humans From Earth.

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