There is a shortage of follies to report here at present so I thought we might look at some folly-esque public art. Follies are not to everyone’s taste – so what could be more of an acquired taste than a Marmite statue?
Following on the success of last year’s Guinness flavoured Marmite, the company brought out a limited edition “I Love You” Champagne flavoured Marmite for Valentine’s day on February 14th 2008.
To publicise it the manufacturers commissioned sculptor, Jeremy Fattorini to recreate Rodin’s celebrated sculpture, ‘The Kiss’, in Marmite. The work was ‘unveiled’ in London’s Greenwich Park.
Fattorini took nearly two and a half weeks to sculpt the 7ft replica statue which was coated in 420 jars of Limited Edition ‘I Love You’ Champagne Marmite. The artist said: “It will be interesting to see if this gains more popularity than the statue at St Pancras. I’m sure that Marmite will once again polarize the nation – you’ll either love it or hate it. It’s a good thing I like the stuff, as I was licking my fingers as I created it!”