October 31, 2014 / OLD news posts

The annual Merge Festival has returned to London’s Southbank and a full-sized house of wax has been built on Southwark Street using 8,000 paraffin-wax bricks. Visit soon because the sculpture by Alex Chinneck – titled The Pound of Flesh for 50p – will gradually melt away during the month-long celebrations.

Merge Festival commemorates the changing cultural heritage of London’s Bankside, with Chinneck’s artwork standing where a local candle-making factory produced its wares a century ago. Other works this year include a project to highlight the political and social significance of bread, philosophical questions painted onto pavements by artist Candy Chang, and a wide range of free theatre and music events.

Until November 18; 40 Southwark Street, London SE1 (

Photography: Tommophoto

Words: Kate Gilchrist