The starting point of the artist’s work with the Fitzwilliam Museum was the magnificent but faceless caryatid that formed part of the temple to Demeter, the Greek Goddess of Agriculture. The agricultural link started a dialogue between the artist and Rothamsted Research – the longest running agricultural research station in the world. Included in this display cases are items used in Rothamsted’s laboratories, as well as some dried wheat plants grown at the Institute.
Dalton created a series of architectural responses which are visualizations of parts of a temple of Eleusis. He placed these imaginations in the future designed using contemporary design methods and thinking. Re-contextualising the objects at the Fitzwilliam Museum in an imagined future.