70 x 7 The Meal act XXXVIII, Leiden
Matériaux: Royal Limoges porcelain plate, enamel and platimum. Edition of 100 plates, dated and signed by the artists
Dimensions: 27 cm
Exhibition history: 2015, Museum de Lakenahl, Meelfabriek, Leiden
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
Act thirty-eight of 70 x 7 The Meal was commissioned for the exhibition Global Imaginations curated by the Museum de Lakenhal in an offsite location at Leiden’s former flour mill, De Meelfabriek. The theme of the meal was drawn from the results of a youth conference organised by High School Pupils from the city of Leiden, in collaboration with network organisation Leiden Global, The National Museum of World Cultures and SKOL (Schools in Leiden). Questions arising from the conference, including what it means to be a local and global citizen, and sustainability issues such as water usage were posed to the 100 guests assembled for the meal, among these were the Minister of the Environment, the Mayor of Leiden and officers from different water treatment facilities around the region. Alongside the meal, Lucy + Jorge Orta exhibited their installation Water Purification Factory, which pumped polluted water from the Zijl-canal adjacent to De Meelfabriek, where it was filtered and distributed to visitors and assembled guests at the Global Imaginations exhibition. The iconography the artists created for the Royal Limoges porcelain edition and the silk-jacquard table runner included imagery and text referencing water in all its forms.