What a rubbish funeral!

Charles Cowling


Artist Serena Korda collected dust from houses, businesses and institutions, compressing her finds of hair, dead skin and assorted waste products into 500 commemorative bricks. These bricks were displayed as part of the Wellcome Collection’s Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life exhibition. Now that the show has reached its end it’s time to dispose of her curious construction. On Sunday, a horse-drawn carriage will transport the cargo to Brunswick Square Gardens for burial with a marching band, performing an original score by Daniel O’ Sullivan, and dancers in tow. It’s a peculiar procession and something you’re unlikely to ever witness again, but it is inspired by historical precedents. In Victorian times a giant ‘dust heap’ was stationed at Gray’s Inn Road and its accumulation of ash, cinders and rubbish was mixed with mud to produce the bricks that built London.


Source: Daily Telegraph

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Rupert Callender

Brilliant. Brings to mind the brick that Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty fashioned from the ashes of the million quid they burnt.