At its official inauguration ceremony in September 2009, County Counsellor Jacqueline de Quattro highlighted the symbolic power such works can acquire, as with the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, the Manneken Pis in Brussels and now the Fork in Vevey. It has held the record in the Guinness World Records since 2014 as the world’s tallest fork, surpassing the record held until then by the city of Tsubame in Japan, with its fork which is 2.15 metres high.
A grand 450 kg stainless steel lady
The Neuchâtel-based visual artist Jean-Pierre Zaugg (who died in June 2012) designed the work of art, known as La Fourchette (the Fork). It was commissioned to celebrate the Alimentarium’s 10th anniversary in 1995. A Vevey steelwork contractor, Georges Favre, made the statute in stainless steel. It depicts a monumental 8-metre high table fork, 1.3-metre wide at the tines at its base. The Museum was granted permission to embed it in Lake Geneva, 5 metres off Quay Perdonnet, from April to October the same year, for its History of Objects exhibition.