Wednesday, 9 September 2015

A Celebration of shops - Barnaby Barford's 21st-century Tower of Babel

We just love this amazing artwork for all sorts of reasons - 

Artist Barnaby Barford has cycled over 1000 miles photographing shop facades from each of London’s postcodes,  to create this 6.5-metre tower of London’s shops creating a 21st century 'Tower of Babel'.  A selection of 3,000 of his images were individually fired on to small fine bone china model buildings in Stoke-on-Trent. They spiral heavenbound: from tatty boarded-up off licences, chicken shops, nail bars, dry cleaners and corner mini-marts, through fancy delicatessens, boutiques and chocolatiers; arriving finally at top auction houses and expensive contemporary art galleries.  We are a bit gutted not to be featured in the tower, but plenty of our neighbours are! 

We can't wait to see this artwork to see if we can spot them!
Where would we be in this hierarchy? and what does it say about us as consumers, the changing face and nature of our high streets, and of course the much talked about gentrification of our streets?

All of the tiny models are for sale and the installation is at the V & A until 1st November.

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