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Breadfruit by Veronica Ryan

Breadfruit by Veronica Ryan

Courtesy: The Artist, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, and Alison Jacques, London; photo: Andy Keate, 2021

© Veronica Ryan

Purchased with support from the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund. opens in a new window Presented by the Contemporary Art Society

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Veronica Ryan was commissioned by Hackney Council to produce London’s first public sculpture to honour the Windrush generation. The full commission consists of three Caribbean fruits, the Breadfruit, the Soursop and the Custard Apple. Each sculpture was produced in an edition of 3.

The breadfruit was introduced into the Caribbean from Oceania to feed slaves working on British and French plantations. Imported into the UK in the 1960s, breadfruit became a point of cultural connection for Caribbean communities in the UK.