This allotment is unusual as it's in a public park, Battersea Park, south London. The work of German artist Thomas Kilpper his exhibition 'War, Pigs, Pop and Other Potatoes' takes place at the Pump House Gallery in October.
According to the publicity material the organic allotment and a giant sculpture of a pig (to be made) references the Park's use as allotments and a piggery during the WWII. The exhibition will also include a sound track fusing Pink Floyd and popular WWII songs. Floyd's album Animals featured a flying pig hovering over Battersea Power Station. The ground floor of the gallery will be turned into a kitchen and food prepared from the harvest will be served to all.
I've a few thoughts:
1. The allotment is maintained by Wandsworth Council Youth Offending Team. Is it a coincidence that it's not been trashed?
2. It's not big and I'm not sure there's going to be much to harvest in October - I'd get there early if you want some food!
3. How do you fuse Pink Floyd and WWII war time songs? The words of We'll Meet Again to the tune of Shine On You Crazy Diamond? Vera Lynn on acid?
4. What would Syd Barrett make of all this?