Perucchetti explains: ‘Twelve years ago I created a body of work inspired by the dilemma between cloning and religion, and cloning and medical ethics. I decided to use the jelly baby as an impersonation of cloned mankind. I was trying to capture the ambiguity that could be present in a cloned being. On first glance they seem very sweet, but from certain angles they can look slightly sinister, especially on a large scale.
‘In the current version – Jelly Baby Family (2010) – they could easily embody the unity of family and the multicultural aspect of modern society.’
In December 2010, Jelly Baby Family was placed at Marble Arch, opposite Speaker’s Corner, by Halcyon Gallery in association with Westminster Council. The monumental seven-figure sculpture formed part of the council’s City of Sculpture Festival, temporarily exhibiting 60 pieces of art donated by galleries and artists in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics, and was included in Halcyon Gallery’s central London sculpture trail.