The Foundling Museum in London tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain's first home for abandoned children. Foundling children were deprived of their identities, because they lost their original name and any other link with their families: they were renamed, they were identified with numbers, they wore uniform and they all did the same activities every day.
Pins were used in the Foundling Hospital billet books in order to fix fabric tokens, left by the mothers and used as signs of recognition of their children. Again, the pins are a common item that represents a link between every child.
The panel is made of 5000 pins, which is the number of pins contained in the billet books, quoting a latin sentence engraved on one of the tokens: “in amore haec sunt vitia” which means “in love these are inconveniences”, maybe referring to the fact that despite the mother’s love for her child she had to make that difficult decision.
Materials: Pins, Calico