For The Love Of Pod

It is summertime, the holidays are here, and my friend in London visited a country fair nearby, as you do. {I would have loved to have gone!}

Among the usual attractions such as a jam making contest and stalls selling a wide range of home made decorations, they held a proper art contest. Be creative with vegetables was the inspiring task and the results are superb!

And the winners are…

Creative with vegetables

For the love of pod. Highly commended at the country fair

This highly commended sculpture is a tribute to the famous diamond studded skull For the Love of God by Damien Hirst (2007). The humble note by the maker of the pea tribute “With apologies to Damien Hirst” making it just perfect.

Charles and Nigella, a piece of very contemporary art, is about violent relationships. With this came an apology note as well (not in the picture), claiming ‘No vegetables were hurt in the making of this piece of art’.

Creative with vegetables

Charles and Nigella – Highly recommended at the country fair

And applause to The Astronomer, supported by a fabulous leek telescope. The left eye is not holding the smallest part of the telescope, a quick Google showed the original astronomer, Patrick Moore, wearing a monocle.

Creative with vegetables

The late astronomer Patrick Moore – Highly commended at the country fair

Hurray! to the summer country fair, encouraging grown ups to display such delightful creativity! 🙂



I just found out a little bit more about the skull Damien Hirst did. It is meant as a Momento Mori, a theme in art history which refers to the mortality of mankind. ‘Remember you must die‘ is supposed to be the message of the 8.601 (!) flawless diamonds, stuck on the platinum cast of an 18th century human skull.

I personally find the work mesmerizing and believe the opposite: it is a symbol of the celebration of life, everlasting life, thousands of faces in the diamonds reflecting the sunlight in every possible way, celebrating the creation of life on earth.

But! {And now the bit I just read on Wikipedia} Damien Hirst’s mother is an apparent normal mother and has moments of despair with her son too. 😉 It is said she was the one who provided the name for the famous work, asking: “For the love of God, what are you going to do next?”. 

Aren’t mothers great.

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