With everyone being urged to do their bit (how many are doing so in India or China, I wonder?) when will the frickin' water companies in the south east lift the hosepipe ban so I can water my additive free, almost zero food mile veg and do my bit?!
Its galling to know that I can power wash my patio and fill a swimming pool, if I had one, but it's a no no to water the garden with a hose.
I was pretty skeptical about the allotment that went with it and the promise to feed everyone who came to the exhibition. Either the frost was going to get it or the vandals sooner or later.
But you'll see from the pic that its doing well.
And it was then I saw this notice. Free entry and free food - a winning combination. The leek and potato soup was very tasty and the baked potatoes still warm. If I'd been half an hour later then the scones that were being prepared would have been straight from the oven.
Just where they fit in with the allotment theme I don't know but I'm sure they were delicious.
Hats off to him - the allotment survived and the visitors are being fed! The exhibition closes on 29th October. If you're in the area drop by - maybe you'll get a free lunch. Sadly no pork products.
I blogged previously about Thomas Kilpper - he's the artist who'll be trying to feed you from his allotment while your listening to a soundtrack inspired by Pink Floyd and popular 1940s war time songs......
Oh, yes and the publicity blurb says he "makes allusions to the present situation in Iraq."
Covers some ground this man.
Well, work is underway on his installation in the foreground next to the allotment.
Can you tell what it is yet?
There's a clue in the title of his exhibition PIGISBACK, apparently.
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?