Barnaby Barford Creates a 21st-Century Tower of Babel Made of Miniature Porcelain Shops
A major sculptural installation created for the V&A by artist Barnaby Barford, "The Tower of Babel" is an imposing six metres high tower made of 3,000 bone china shops, each one unique, each depicting a real London shop photographed by the artist. The installation tells an array of stories about our society and economy, and ourselves as consumers. At the bottom the shops are derelict, while at the pinnacle are the crème-de-la-crème of London’s exclusive boutiques and galleries. Barford said, "It's forcing the viewer to confront where they fit into this hierarchy of consumption."