Artist Barnaby Barford has brought a new take on ‘The Tower of Babel’ to London’s V&A Museum. This six-metre tower is made from mini London shops. The 3,000 independent shops, from pretty much every postcode, were photographed and then recreated in bone china.
Cheaper and long-since abandoned shops are at the bottom, with boutiques and bigger brand names at the top. This is deliberate: “[...] it confronts us with the choices we make as consumers, through necessity or desire.” (Read the whole thing below.) I grant you, having to peer at the swanky high-up shops through a pair of binoculars made me feel like a bit of a pleb.
The Tower of Babel will be in the V&A (near the Cromwell Road entrance) until the start of November. Most of the miniatures have already been sold, but they cost as much as £6k each so maybe just go look at them. The charity shop models are being separately auctioned off for charity when the tower’s taken down.