Food Art: Mutato by Uli Westphal [Gallery]
Have you ever been to a farmers market, or picked fruit from a tree? Chances are, that fruit or vegetable you have in your hand looks a little unique, like you know you’re holding something special… and the taste, unbelievable. Ever done the same thing at the grocery store? The mentality is very different. You analyze that lemon, you squeeze that avocado, you compare the shapes of the potatoes. Modern growing/ manufacturing practices have more emphasis on bright colors, uniform shape, and size rather than nutrition and taste. German artist Uli Westphal created the Mutato project to remind us that food is naturally unique.
“Produce has become a highly designed, monotonous product. We have forgotten, and in many cases never experienced, the way fruits, roots, and vegetables can actually look (and taste). The Mutato-Project serves to document, preserve and promote these last remainders of agricultural diversity.” [via trendland]