We miss Jeremy Bentham so much we visited him in New York
Jezza is a big hit in the Big Apple
As the founder of UCL and father of utilitarian philosophy, Jeremy Bentham's preserved body occupies pride of place in the university, scaring people on open days and getting wheeled out occasionally for meetings.
To make the university's 150-year obsession even weirder, in October his actual, decomposing, severed head was put on display at UCL.
Yet, since February, the body has been missing, loaned out to New York. Walking through the cloisters has not been the same the last few months without Jeremy creepily staring out at you from his box.
The Tab London missed him so much we decided to track him down and visit him.
For the last few months Jeremy has been staying at the Met Breuer museum in the heart of New York City, which is a much more swanky residence than the dingy hallways of UCL.
His next-door neighbour is a gold leaf Michel Jackson.
Bentham is part of the exhibit Like Life Sculpture, Color, And The Body, which explores artists desire through the centuries to replicate the presence of a living human through sculpture.
Jeremy's "auto-icon" forms a unique focal point in the exhibit, being both a wax statue and a mummy, as it contains Jeremy's actual bones and hair.
It was Jeremy Bentham's desire to be preserved in this way so that he could continue "life" after his death.
He also wanted his head to be part of the "auto-icon" but it got horribly discolored by the preservation process and has been stored separately.
Many of you will remember seeing it on display earlier this year outside the Main Library.
UCL has been trying for years to get Jeremy to America because it was one of Jeremy's life long ambitions to see it. Apparently, even in death dreams come true.
This is the first time the whole auto-icon has left UCL since Jeremy’s death over 180 years ago.
However, the transportation process may not have been what Jeremy wanted. He was stripped down to his underwear (apparently its original) to remove any clothes that may have been infested with bugs and then his wax head was taken off.
His body and head were then packed separately and shipped off to New York.
The exhibition will be ending in July so Jeremy's gloriously creepy presence will be returned to us in September.