From the banks of the Thames to the rooftops of Manhattan, Antony Gormley’s sculptures are recognised across the world, and now you can enjoy the artist’s genius in the form of an afternoon tea
Lead image: Gormley’s Body and Fruit (1991-93) is recreated as a chocolate mousse
Courtesy Rosewood London
Rosewood London on High Holborn has launched a new sculpture-inspired version of its award-winning Art Afternoon Tea to celebrate the new Antony Gormley exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The exhibition is the most significant display of Gormley’s works for over a decade, and Rosewood London’s Executive Pastry Chef, Mark Perkins, has developed a collection of suitably sculptural pastries to further celebrate the internationally acclaimed British sculptor.
In collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, Perkins has crafted confections inspired by the exhibition’s artworks and elements of Gormley’s life.
Sweet treats include a chocolate mousse inspired by Body and Fruit (1991-93), an impressive piece displayed at the centre of the exhibition. In contrast to the artwork, which weighs several tonnes, the mousse is light and airy, infused with flavourful notes of Ceylon tea and paired with mandarin jelly, praline cremeux and hazelnut financier, reflecting the time Gormley spent in Sri Lanka studying Buddhism.
A pastry inspired by Full Bowl (1977-78) celebrates the famous Black Forest Gateau in tribute to Gormley’s mother, who was originally from Germany. The cake comprises a chocolate sponge, cherry compote, whipped white chocolate and vanilla cream, and is decorated with a swirled chocolate decoration brushed in blue to represent the layered pattern made from the 40 stacked ‘bowls’ in the original artwork.
‘Matrix II (2014) – a monumental installation made of intersecting rectangular dark steel mesh grids – is recreated in pastry form as a latticed chocolate decoration’
Matrix II (2014) – a monumental installation made of intersecting rectangular dark steel mesh grids suspended above head height – is recreated in pastry form as a latticed chocolate decoration atop a ginger jaconde sponge filled with pear jelly, caramel cremeux, vanilla glaze, and pear bavarois, influenced by English orchards.
In addition, Perkins has created a series of four different apple pastries, in homage to Gormley’s 1982 work One Apple. These will include an apple mousse, blackberry cheesecake, praline choux and apple compote at the end. Presented on a marble tray and sprayed with silver to retain a sculptural feel, these will represent different stages of the fruit’s transformation.
The afternoon tea, served at Rosewood London’s Mirror Room, starts with a traditional selection of freshly made finger sandwiches and scones. A selection of Mariage Frères teas is also available.
The Antony Gormley Art Afternoon Tea is available weekdays from 2.30pm-5.45pm and weekends from 12pm to 5.45pm until 31 January 2020, priced from £60pp. The Antony Gormley exhibition runs until 3 December at the Royal Academy