In 2015, artist Barnaby Barford created an ambitious and arresting piece of art: ‘The Tower of Babel’.
Standing six metres high, ‘The Tower’ was Barnaby’s representation of London today. It was made up of 3000 little individual bone china buildings, each one depicting a real London shop photographed by the artist. Derelict shops and pound stores appeared at the bottom of the tower, while London’s exclusive boutiques and galleries featured at the summit.
Created specifically for the the V&A, ‘The Tower’ was displayed in the museum’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries from 8 September to 1 November 2015. Blurring the boundaries of art and commerce, each shop in Barnaby’s tower was actually for sale – with prices rising as the artwork ascended.
In 2017, Barnaby asked us to help him create a book that commemorated the project – detailing the artist’s process and containing ‘behind the scenes’ photos that had never been published before.
Honoured to celebrate such an important artwork (and all those who helped make it happen), we project-managed, designed, and produced a 28 page perfect-bound book – right down to the smallest detail, including the purchase of an ISBN number.