Jake & Dinos Chapman (2003)
The brothers Jake en Dinos Chapman are fascinated by McDonalds. They hint at the hamburger giant in all sorts of ways in their work, for example in this small group of sculptures entitled Unholy McTrinity, referring to the biblical Golgotha. Instead of Jesus, Ronald McDonald is crucified here, flanked by the personifications of two chief products of the fast-food restaurant, Hamburglar en McCheesus, mainly known for being served regularly as part of the happy meals. The Chapmans like to confuse their audience. Is the sculpture of Ronald McDonald as a crucified Jesus a social analysis, the McDonalds figurines representing the inspiring depiction of what binds together our society today: a continuous growth of production and consumption? Or does it symbolise the collapse of capitalism too, which, despite assuming almost religious forms, ultimately is merely accompanied by spiritual emptiness?