Gloucestershire Zeitgeist

Crisp on cheese on plate

So there I was, playing with my food at lunch and I appear to have accidentally created the next Turner Prize.

For those who might not know about the Turner Prize:

The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art.

The prize is awarded each year to: ‘a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding’.


My piece is entitled Gloucestershire Zeitgeist.

The piece of cheese (Gloucestershire with herbs) is fashioned (by biting into it) into the shape of a saddled horse; it represents nature.

The potato crisp (an original Pringle) represents a sail, capturing the spirit of the age, the zeitgeist. It reminds us of man’s creativity through technology. Not always a good thing.

Together they represent humanity’s mistreatment of nature: like attaching a sail to a horse, which is clearly wrong.

The blue plate represents my desire not to get cheese on the table.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

4 thoughts on “Gloucestershire Zeitgeist”

  1. I think you should get an award for such contrasting postings on the same day, though the pringle/cheese thing IS quite artistic.

    Was the work preserved in the hope some luminary of the Scottish arts would offer you a lot of money for it, or did you just scoff it seconds after taking the pic? 🙂

  2. @Tim I’ll see your raised Pringle and raise you a Pringle jumper. 😉

    @Eddie The crumbs represent the parts of nature that we still don’t fully understand.

    @Roger I scoffed it moments after taking the photograph. It was very tasty indeed. Possibly the most tasty miniature art installation that I’ve ever eaten.

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