8 September – 1 November 2015
The Tower of Babel is Barnaby Barford’s representation of London today. Standing six metres high, it is made up of 3000 individual bone china buildings, each depicting a real London shop photographed by the artist. At the base are derelict shops and pound stores, while at the pinnacle are London’s exclusive boutiques and galleries.
Blurring the boundaries of art and commerce, each shop is for sale during the period of its exhibition at the Museum. With prices rising as the Tower ascends, it confronts us with the choices we make as consumers, through necessity or desire.
Made in Stoke-on-Trent by 1882 Ltd, each fine bone china shop is individually signed by the artist. The shops are exclusively for sale through the V&A, priced between £95 and £6000.