16.11.10

Edible 4th Plinth



Brian Griffiths
Battenburg

The Battenburg cake, its distinctive chequered markings pays homage to the Victorian era when it was invented on the advent of the marriage of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884, Griffiths marks this a “a link with the British past which has slowly crumbled” (A clever play on words there)

He has increased the cake to giant proportions, fashioned out of brick, sitting high above the plinth amongst the three other Victorian monuments which grace the square; it brings to light the role of capitalism in today’s view of contemporary art, where our encounters become only consumer experiences and not simply a perception of culture.