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Monday, 15 September 2014

Duke in Soap


For close to a hundred years a stone statue of the Duke of Cumberland stood on this plinth.  However he fell from grace in the 19th century.  No longer a hero he was now regarded as  Butcher Cumberland.  The statue was removed.

In 2012 Korean artist Meekyoung Shin was commissioned to create a new work for the plinth.  The Duke on his horse returned to the plinth.  This time he is created in soap.  We are invited to watch him fade over time and throughout the seasons as the soap disintegrates and releases a perfumed aroma.  Limbs have fallen off and both man and horse are crumbling for a second time.

8 comments:

Angie said...

The 'Bubbling Butcher' rides again!

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

I didn't know that; it's not 1st April, is it? Butcher Cumberland was an effective general, but a very unpleasant piece of work. Unmissed!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Good heavens what an incredible idea Mo.. wonder if it's a unique case?

Sharon Anck said...

Oh my gosh, what a unusual idea. I've never heard of anything like it before but, the message is clear, he'll fade away.

Lois said...

That is interesting.

RedPat said...

How odd!

William Kendall said...

Quite a peculiar notion!

Jack said...

Some artists are remarkably clever. This is both a weird and a wonderful concept.

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