Plenty of sacks appeal

13 August, 2010
Page 39 

Emergency services were recently called to a Tesco store in Ryde after reports of a suspicious white powder emanating from a bag, wrote the Isle of Wight County Press. The police, hazardous material firefighters and ambulance crews leapt into action, only for it to transpire that this anthrax-alike substance was actually a sack of bread additive. (The Real Bread Campaign get about a bit, don't they?)

With a back-story as rich as that, this distinguished bag would no doubt be a valued addition to the world's only flour sack museum. Yes, we repair to Germany, for the second week running, where Stop the Week has found a kindred spirit in Volkmar Wywiol, the owner of flour improvers supplier Mühlenchemie, who masterminded this bonkers venture.

The Sackotheque, located at the museum in Ahrensburg, houses 1,925 sacks from 115 countries and is calling for people to send it more flour sacks, with a prize going to the sender of the 2,010th sack. "Over 100" visitors have flocked from around the world to witness this eccentric collection. According to its organisers, "One miller visiting the museum even had tears of emotion in his eyes when he saw his sack in the exhibition." Wince.

Stop the Week can only do this so much justice, so we turn your attentions to the museum website, which asks but fails to convincingly answer the well-anticipcated query, "Should flour sacks be in museums?" Here we learn that the curators are doing "pioneering work" into the symbolism of bread sack motifs; at the museum you will "wonder at the white silence inside a flour sack"; and that old mills used to feature gargoyle "bran pukers", which puked bran from their gobs.

l See: www.flour-art-museum.de/english





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