Chocolate sugars art drawn from the bowels

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LONDON'S latest art sensation is a chocolate fountain in Hyde Park's Serpentine Gallery, 750kg of milk chocolate seething and bubbling at a little over blood heat. Cacao is the centrepiece of an exhibition of art by Helen Chadwick that explores body fluids and excreta. No marks for guessing what the chocolate symbolises, writes Geraldine Norman.

The gallery describes Chadwick, 41, as 'one of Britain's most prominent and provocative artists'. A room is devoted to her most famous work, Piss Flowers; while in Canada, she and a male collaborator pissed in the snow, then made plaster casts of the cavities created. She made the centre of the flower, a long penis-like probe; he made the petals.

There are also dazzling photopieces made by suspending flowers in unlikely liquids. A spray of orchids, for example, in pink windolene and framed in lime jelly. The show opens today and runs to 29 August. From 2 August photopieces will also be exhibited for sale at the Zelda Cheatle Gallery, 8 Cecil Court, London WC2.