Alun Graves, senior curator of ceramics and glass at the V&A, commented: “Part-sculpture, part shop display, The Tower of Babel is an act of curated commerce. It’s about retail as a pastime...and where we position ourselves in the extraordinary metropolis that is London.” In a further merging of art and retail, each piece will be available to purchase in the museum’s design shop. Barford’s exhibition presents a very London-specific version of the Tower of Babel, a monument to the city’s hybrid forms of commerce and culture.
The Tower of Babel is on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, Sept. 8–Nov. 1, 2015.