Title: Bread Waste Globe (Berlin, 2017 - ongoing)
Measurements: 1m x 1m
Material: Acryl, Bambu, Bread, strings
Price for one day rental: 1.000€ + insurance and transportation fees
According to a report from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, an estimated 18 million metric tons of food are wasted in Germany each year, with bread and bakery products accounting for a significant portion of this waste. Approximately 5.7 million metric tons of bread and bakery products are wasted in Germany annually, which amounts to roughly 68.7 kilograms per person. This estimate is based on the population of Germany in 2021 but does not take into account other factors that may affect food waste, such as individual consumption patterns or household size. Food waste is a significant global issue with environmental and economic impacts. Efforts are being made to reduce food waste and increase food sustainability in Germany and around the world.
This globe-shaped sculpture holds the amount of bread wasted a year inside of it because what we eat and what we don’t eat affects the entire world. The 12 minutes of sound that accompanies this piece was made in collaboration with the artists Lynn Peemoeller, Thomas Meyer, and Christoph Büscher, and represents the whole process of making bread, throughout the year, divided into 4 seasons. From the seed growing inside the earth, passing through the rain, the sun, the wind blowing in the fields, the dance of the wheat, the harvesting, the universe of the bacteria fermenting the dough, and the art of baking the bread.
Eating is a necessary part of life - without food, we cannot survive. However, the impact of food on our world and society is significant, as the demand for food has contributed to a number of major global crises, including environmental degradation, climate change, extinction of animals and plants, hunger, and health issues. On a daily basis, we have the opportunity to make choices about what we eat and how we consume food - for example, by cooking with leftovers rather than throwing them away, or by composting organic waste instead of adding it to the garbage. This sculpture highlights the enormity of the problem, but also serves as an invitation to take action by eating the bread it contains, and making choices that have a positive impact on the planet
Despite the efforts of governments and media to raise awareness about food waste and hunger, these issues continue to grow around the world. We need innovative solutions to work towards a better future. Art has the power to shift perspectives and touch people's hearts, and food is a universal language that can be understood by people of all ages and cultures. By combining these two elements, we have the potential to inspire positive change on our planet!
Work commissioned by Ecologic Institut
Concept/ Idea: Taina Guedes
Production of the artwork: Anne DukHee Jordan
Designer (Poster and promotion materials) Amadeus Lindemann
Photos: Chiara Spreafico
Bread: Maerkisches Landbrot Baeckerei
Sound piece: Lynn Peemoeller, Thomas Meyer and Christoph Buescher
Special thanks Iara Guedes