Mauro Perucchetti’s monumental Jelly Baby Family sculpture, standing up to three metres high, is now installed at Marble Arch and will remain there until April 2011.
The colourful sculpture is made up of seven family members weighing a total of 3.2 tonnes: Father: 3 metres high, fibreglass, metallic blue finish Mother: 2.6 metres high, fibreglass, metallic pink finish Teenager: 1.9 metres high, pigmented urethane resin (red) Teenager: 1.7 metres high, pigmented urethane resin (purple) Child: 1.2 metres high, pigmented urethane resin (yellow) Twins: 90cm high, pigmented urethane resin (lime green) 90cm high, pigmented urethane resin (orange)
Mauro Perucchetti, the artist said: “12 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 that is so prevalent, especially in London. I am absolutely privileged and delighted that they will go in such a prominent position, and being opposite Speaker’s Corner gives them a particularly symbolic value.”