70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXI, Plymouth
Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2009-2009
- Ref: 0600.30
- Materials: Installation and dinner of foraged food for 70 guests at the Sherwell Church Hall, North Hill, Plymouth
- Catalogued: Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food Water Life, Princeton Architectural Press, NY, pp 45-45
- Courtesy: Groundwork South West, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art
- Concept: Thanks to a collaboration with local artists Anne-Marie Culhane and Jo Salter, the 31st act of the dining project is a celebration of wild and local food: growing it, eating it and sharing it and provides the opportunity for an invited audience to enjoy a special meal in friendly discussion around the theme of food and sustainability. Regional foods from the South-West area of England have been harvested and prepared by Fat Hen, a small rural family enterprise set up by forager and professional ecologist Caroline Davey working with chef Justin Ashton. Local apples were pressed to make fresh juice by the local community in Efford, Plymouth.
The artists worked with Jamie Mclaren-Smith and Katie Hughes from Groundwork South West and illustration student James Mankiewicz to research and illustrate the carbon footprint of the meal taking in total distances traveled by guests and food alike, power used for the event and the planning process in order to calculate an approximate figure of the eventís carbon footprint. This information was depicted on giant blackboards providing an interactive backdrop to the dinner.