Coco Rococo

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Coco Rococo - London, June 2017

Get your gut flora ready for a bar uniting the joys of the village fete coconut shy with the exuberant pleasures of the Rococo age. Historically, the coconut has been so rare and venerable that pontiffs, nobles and potentates had cups fashioned from them. Notable examples of standing cups, fashioned from decoratively carved coconuts and mounted with precious metals can be found today in the V&A.

The installation by Bompas & Parr for The Big Get Together imagines what happens when Rococo, considered by some to be the Tiki movement of the 17th century, inhabits your festive party cup. Become a coconut aficionado and sample the entire canon of recipes exploring the gustatory possibilities of the drupe (fruit with a hard stone).

The coconut, fruit of Cocus nucifera, is probably the most useful tree in the world, providing not only food and drink, but also vessels to serve them in and fuel to cook them, as well as textile fiber, thatching and basket materials, timber, medicines, chemicals, and many other valuable or useful products.

Though the botanical origins of the coconut is still hotly disputed they are now grown around the world. We take our vigorous harvest from the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, W and E. Africa around the Caribbean and in Brazil.

Under the Southwark sky, an even more important journey takes place – across salivating tongues, beautiful stomachs and joyful minds.