We’ve all seen exhibits in museums where we question that exhibit’s validity. You’ll walk into a room and see something and ask yourself, “What the heck is this thing doing in a museum? Is that art? Am I too stupid to understand why it’s in here?” Well, here is the ultimate version of that: The Museum of London’s Fatberg exhibit is incredibly smelly and it’s filled with used diapers and baby wipes.
The Fatberg exhibit is a chunk of a 130,000-kilogram fatberg that was blasted out of a city sewer. For those unfamiliar with what “fatberg” is, it’s a congealed lump of fat, sanitary napkins, wet wipes, condoms, diapers and similar items found in sewer systems, which do not break down like toilet paper.
Could art have jumped the shark on this one? Not according to the exhibit’s curator, Vyki Sparkes. “It’s disgusting and fascinating,” Sparkes said about the new exhibit. “And that’s what’s been great to work with — it has this impact on people.”
In order to house this exhibit, sewage workers had to work around the clock for around nine weeks in order to dislodge the fatberg from the sewers beneath Whitechapel in the city’s East End.
So what’s your verdict? Would you go see a museum exhibit that is filled with sewage and used diapers? Or would you rather not expose yourself to such horrific smells?
I’ll choose the latter.