Watch: Parisian street mattresses ‘recycled’ into ethical food art

June 13th, 2016

How do so many mattresses end up abandoned on city streets? It's one of life's great unsolved mysteries, and while French artist Lor-K isn't solving this modern urban conundrum, she's at least found an innovative way of reusing them: by turning them into giant food sculptures. The 'EAT ME' installation is, in fact, partially a food and health awareness...

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How do so many mattresses end up abandoned on city streets? It’s one of life’s great unsolved mysteries, and while French artist Lor-K isn’t solving this modern urban conundrum, she’s at least found an innovative way of reusing them: by turning them into giant food sculptures.

The ‘EAT ME’ installation is, in fact, partially a food and health awareness project; Lor-K wants people to think more about what they’re eating and demonstrate that just because something looks appealing – like the burgers, pizza and other junk food that she mattress-sculpts – doesn’t mean we should eat it.

“As soon as I start opening a mattress and cutting the foam, people are curious and come to ask questions,” says Lor-K, “and I explain to them that I am cooking and that I am making a giant meal on the sidewalk.”

Parisians: look out for frighteningly lifelike giant sushi rolls and waffles popping up on the streets of Paris. Just don’t eat try to eat them or you’ll end up with a mouthful of mattress foam.

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