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In the museum of London half a year was exhibited “iceberg fat” from the sewer. Because of the popularity of his want to leave forever

On a piece the mold began to grow and flies appeared, but the museum named it one of the most popular exhibits.

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Curators of the Museum of London hope to retain in their collection for a long time a moldy piece of futberg (a fragment of a dense coma of frozen mass consisting of fat, liners, disposable napkins, condoms and other waste) for future generations.

In September 2017, a huge lump of mucus and rotting organic matter was found in London’s canal , which sealed one of the tunnels under Whitechapel. It took more than nine weeks for the cleaning of the 250-meter-long futberga with a weight of 130 tons. One of his pieces was given to the Museum of London, which from February showed it in one of its halls as a temporary exhibit.

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During this time, the futberg changed color, mold began to grow on it, and a large number of flies appeared. In addition, inside the glass, where there is a piece of frozen mass, condensation appeared, which only increased the attention of visitors. According to the staff of the museum, the number of guests has increased approximately two-fold.

Since we put up a futberg, we immediately saw an increase in the number of visitors. They devoted to him poems, stories, dramatic works. There was even one musical. In addition, we started selling T-shirts and bags with futbergh.

Andy Holbrook
an employee of the Museum of London


The exposition of the futberberg ends on July 1, but the museum wants to keep the piece in a permanent collection, in order to use it to tell the story of modern city life.

We are considering whether we can hold the futberg as part of our permanent collection. We are studying the possibility of keeping it in quarantine so that it is available to future generations of Londoners.

Along with these creative endeavors, countless Futbergen visitors have inspired to change the way of fat and napkin utilization, showing how museums can play a key role in solving the problems of city life. 

Viki Sparkes
curator of the exhibition

Sparks stressed that there are “good reasons” for the constant preservation of Futberga, and the Committee on Museum Collections will decide on its future in July.

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