Yesterday Rachel Whiteread unveiled her frieze of golden leaves on the façade of the Whitechapel Gallery in east London. She described it as her "gift to the area" (CLICK). Like hell it is! This gilded Tree of Life is one of the major commissions of the London 2012 Festival, paid for by the Art Fund and supported by Arts Council England, the Lottery Fund, The Henry Moore Foundation and Mayor Of London. In short, a lot of taxpayers' money went into this white elephant, a touch of glitter in the East End. How much did Rachel's "gift" actually cost? Stroll by and take a look. Pick a big number and see if you think it's worth it.