Have Your Cake
"Sugar makes everything taste good. In the eighteen century the economy was as dependent on sugar from the West Indies and Americas, as it was on steel in the nineteenth century and oil in the twentieth. The scramble for sugar, cocoa, coffee and other commodities changed the course of history and shaped the destinies of many individuals. Companies, merchants and families who made their fortune from colonial trade and built large areas of London.
"I made cakes of some of the buildings that remain from this time: The Horniman Museum given to the people of London by tea merchant John Horniman for his ethnographic collection; Guys hospital which was founded by Thomas Guy who got lucky with his investment in the South Seas Trading Company which had a monopoly of trade in slaves and European goods with Spanish-ruled South America; and Brixton Library which was built in the nineteenth century by the Tate family as one of the many free libraries in south London, with their fortune very much rooted in sugar plantations in the West Indies.
"This is only a very small slice."