Jelly Babies Have New London Home
Seven members of the appealing Jelly Baby Family have new digs. They were recently moved to London's Marble Arch where they will delight locals and visitors alike until April 2011. The family - a father, mother, two teenagers, a child and young twins-- are heavy weights, tipping the scales at a total of 3.2 tons so that a crane installation was required. Sculptor Mauro Perucchetti explains he created a body of work 12 years ago that was inspired by the dilemma between cloning and religion, and cloning and medical ethics. With this sculpture he says" "I decided to use the jelly baby as an impersonation of cloned mankind. On first glance, they seem very sweet, but from certain angles, they can look slightly sinister, especially on a large scale."
The sculpture is part of Westminster Council's City of Sculpture Festival whose goal is to encourage public and private galleries to display work in Westminster's open spaces over the next two years. London's Halcyon Gallery in association with the Westminster Council supported the Marble Arch sculptural display. Jelly Baby 2010 can easily represent family unity or as Perucchetti adds "the multicultural aspect of modern society that is so prevalent, especially in London." www.halcyongallery.com