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Gigantic Tea-Inspired Sculpture at Hayward Gallery

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A 14-metre sculpture from Berlin-based art collective Slavs and Tatars has been unveiled against the iconic backdrop of the Hayward Gallery. The new work, titled Samovar (2021)is the Hayward Gallery’s inaugural Bagri Foundation Commission and invites visitors to the Southbank Centre to question the role of the popular drink tea in the UK and its ties - historical, traditional and cultural - to Central Asia.

Slavs and Tatars, the art collective behind Samovar, say“Like the British, we’re serious about tea - as well as self-deprecating humour - and can’t imagine a better way to tease tea-baggers than a giant Samovar right outside the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre, with its historical mission to present an international face to the public.”

Taking the form of an oversized inflatable water boiler, teapot and serving tray, the artwork is titled after the eponymous tea brewer commonly found across Central Asia. A Russian invention of the mid-18th century, today Samovars are used across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and some parts of Asia, in both domestic and communal settings.

For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website