This painted bronze sculpture, commissioned by Turner Contemporary in 2007, is a distorted depiction of Beatrix Potter’s famous childhood character Mr. Brock. Enveloped in an old sleeping bag this familiar badger is street-worn and squalid, seen rifling through a bin looking for edible waste to sustain his homeless existence. There is of course a humorous irony in the disenchanting of this childhood figure but there is also an arresting sadness surrounding the character’s demise. Rag and Bone with Bin is from a series of works, which also feature Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, pushing an old shopping trolly burdened with bags and Mr. Tod similarly dishevelled, slumped on the pavement and covered in old bed sheets. Before now these much-loved characters have rested safely in our imagination uncontaminated by the pitfalls of capitalist modernity. Here, however, Ford thrusts these innocent creatures into the realism of contemporary poverty. By manipulating these sweet provincial characters, Laura Ford manages to reflect back to us the peculiarity of social hierarchy, unsettling economy of charity and the fragility of security and success.