70 x 7 The Meal Act XXXI, Plymouth, 2009
Materials: Table setting for 70 guests, Royal Limoges porcelain plates on loan
Catalogued: Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food Water Life, Princeton Architectural Press, NY, pp 45-45
Exhibition history: 2009 Sherwell Church Hall, North Hill, Plymouth
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta, Groundwork South West, Plymouth Arts Centre and Plymouth College of Art
The thirty-first Act of 70 x 7 The Meal in the British seaport of Plymouth evolved as a collaboration between local artists Jo Salter and Anne-Marie Culhane to celebrate sustainable methods of cooking, preparing and sharing food. Based on a menu of locally foraged foods by professional forager Caroline Davey, the artists assisted chef Justin Ashton in preparing a feast with the lowest impact possible. Serving as a backdrop to the meal, giant black boards were covered in illustrations by James Mankiewicz, who visually transcribed the carbon footprint of all the elements of the meal. During the performance, the Groundwork organisation calculated every carbon mile from the transport used by the guests attending the meal, to the ingredients and the provenance of the dinner service—providing unusual and insightful information throughout the evening.