Nestled among other works from the 1980s, Carcass is a tall, clear glass column filled with rotting vegetable matter. The sculpture was first shown in London in 1986 and due to the fermenting matter it reportedly ‘exploded’ while on display. Art Handling Manager Ken Simons guides us through the steps he took to install this infamous artwork.

As the exhibition’s co-curator Gavin Delahaunty explains:

In the glass tower the material moves and unfolds; it has a life of its own as it starts to compost and it allows new life, or new organisms, to generate. When I look at it, there’s a baroque feeling to the sculpture, in that it has drama, tension, energy, and a sort of sumptuousness.

Helen Chadwick’s notorious sculpture Carcass is on display in Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain at Tate Liverpool until 11 May