Standard Measures

1NCH, acrylic 2012

1NCH
Part of the Standard Measures collection of works, 1NCH is a notional unit of measure based on an Imperial inch but made in metric.
Twelve 1NCHs stacked into a 36mm high unit as an arrangement of a foot.

100 Feet in 1NCHs, acrylic 2012

Twelve 1NCHs stacked into a 36mm high unit as an arrangement of a foot x 100.


Jelly Standards is part of my larger Measures project.  which responds to public Standard Measures.

Standard Measures were set in law as benchmarks for distance, weights, and volumes. Disputes and deviations were arbitrated in accordance with the Weights and Measures Acts. Due to the reference object, upon which measures are based, changing over time or becoming damaged, supervision and maintenance of the object and replicas are needed. The idea is for the measures to be permanent and static, an unchanging reference for public use.

I made Measures in edible jelly: a series of individual, wobbly, edible, fruit-flavoured gelatin desserts. I made 10 jellies, each representing 10 units. Fora temporary site-intervention, they were placed over the now unused imperial Standard Measures, at Sheffield Town Hall.

I also cast the Measures in plaster of Paris and bonze.