THE North’s contribution to British culture is to be recognised with the installation of a 60ft bronze meat pie in Hyde Park.
The Arts Council commissioned sculptor Darcus Mayhew to create the piece, which is entitled A Taste Of Otherness.
A spokesman said: “The North isn’t just a vast, desolate tract of grey, smack-addled inertia populated by feral teenagers, broken fridges and starving, soot-smeared drug widows desperately clutching emaciated offspring to their pockmarked breasts as they plead for alms in a wheezy 60-Lambos-a-day voice.”
He added: “There are nice bits too, apparently. Canals or something. Although once you get past Derby you mustn’t drink the water.”
Sculptor Darcus Mayhew said: “The pie is a perfect analogue for the people of the North because it is fatty and made of meat. Also it’s very heavy, so visiting Northerners won’t be able to steal it.”
The sculpture has been drawing large crowds, mainly Londoners keen to commune with Northern culture. Web design consultant Fraser Palmer said: “I’d always thought ‘pie’ was a mathematical formula but today I’ve learned that it’s also a kind of savoury flan.”