London's Burning

One of the biggest piles denotes the number of refugees in the world, defined by the UNHCR as those who have crossed borders. Stan's Cafe would have liked to have made a pile representing the world's internally displaced people i.e. those who have not crossed a border. But as associate artist Jack Trow explained, "at 65 million people it was too much rice for the load limit of the Inner Temple Hall". A chilling thought.
The government and police clamped down hard, sending out a strong message that looting and anarchy was unacceptable. The riots became just a bad memory. But in some ways London is still burning today.