Frieze visitors queue up to risk ‘delicious’ yet possibly toxic radish broth

Originals story from The Independent October 17, 2014

Visitors to this year’s Frieze art fair have been won over by soup so delicious nobody seems to care that it is made from potentially radioactive radishes.

Huge queues of willing guinea pigs have been lining up to taste the soup (which is doled out for free) for the past three days at the London art fair.

The installation, Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent?, is by Japanese conceptual artists United Brothers who hail from the tsunami and earthquake hit prefecture of Fukushima.

They have flown their mother over to make soup from the daikon radish, which grows near to the nuclear power plant damaged in the natural disaster and which has been seeping radioactive waste.

Despite assurances that the vegetables are safe to eat, the artists are offering the public the conceptual possibility that they are toxic.

The duo believe that food “represents hospitality, sharing and humanity” so, by partaking in the soup, the public can show solidarity with the victims of the Fukushima disaster.  They want to see if individuals outside Japan would risk their well-being for such a gesture.

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