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.