A portion of a ‘fatberg’ exhibited at the Museum of London has helped to boost visitor numbers, according to curators, and has become the attraction’s most popular item.
The unusual exhibition is intended to highlight the challenges of properly disposing of waste in London and other cities.
Revolting and fascinating
The piece – taken from a much larger lump of congealed fat, oil and other household waste measuring over 250 metres (820 feet) long and weighing 130 tonnes – went on display on Tuesday 26 June, and will be shown until Sunday 1 July.
Discovered in the sewers of London’s Whitechapel area, the original fatberg took nine weeks to break up with drills.
According to curator Vyki Sparkes, the fatberg slice has prompted a “marked increase” in footfall, but the object has begun to deteriorate inside the museum.
As a result of its popularity, the collections committee will decide next month whether to preserve the fatberg or to dispose of it. If preserved, the artefact will either be kept in storage or out on display.
The remainder of the ‘parent’ fatberg has already been chopped up and converted into biodiesel.