LONDON: A slice of the “monster” fatberg that clogged up sewers in London is set to go on display in the Museum of London next year.
The 130-tonne blob, over 250 meters (820 feet) long, was a congealed mass of waste products and included fat, oil, grease, wet wipes and sanitary products. It was found in Whitechapel in September and thought to weigh the equivalent of 11 double-decker buses.
The display is intended to show how modern living and high levels of rubbish are putting pressure on the “arteries” of London’s Victorian infrastructure.
There was discussion about the museum wanting to acquire the fatberg since September. Museum director Sharon Ament said at the time that the fatberg could be “one of the most extraordinary objects in any museum collection in London,” and could provoke questions around modern-day life in big cities.
“If we are able to acquire the fatberg for our collection I hope it would raise questions about how we live today and also inspire our visitors to consider solutions to the problems of growing metropolises,” Ament said.
In September, crews from Thames Water struggled to take out fatberg and had to hack away at it with shovels while wearing special protective suits. The waste was then taken for disposal at a recycling plant in Stratford.