Hunger is one of the largest and most complex problems humanity faces today. An estimated 811 million people do not have enough food and 50 million people are facing emergency levels of hunger. One in ten people around the world are currently living in hunger.

A long and lush sustainable vegetable, medicinal plant and fruit garden – 50 meters long and 10 meters wide – that has a pathway running in the middle of the long side of the piece. This narrow passage allows only one person at a time to walk through it. At the beginning of the path, the person walks in the idyllic garden for a few meters, enjoying its beauty, its smells and discovering new perspectives and scales. As the walk continues, the pathway goes lower and lower, deeper into the ground, losing the visual relationship with the garden. Senses are affected: a scent of soil, a change in temperature, the unexpected sound experience of being in a narrow path between 4 meters walls, and more.

There is no sustenance at sight. The horizon vanishes. A feeling of unrest reigns.
As the walks continue, the path goes towards the ground level again slowly gaining light, skyline and view of the surroundings. The idyllic garden becomes present again and is experienced from a new perspective.

This piece brings together contrasting realities that are usually far away from each other in geography, and sets them side-by-side.
Central to this artwork are the roles of the local agricultural and garden communities. Their knowledge and expertise are part of a cultural heritage to be admired and celebrated. It is fundamental that they work in all stages of the production with their information and their hands, creating a feeling of ownership of the piece, and pride. It is with them that the elements and the seasonal rhythm of the garden will be decided. Their seed will grow in their land. The maintenance will offer the chance and challenge of shared responsibility, and the produce will provide an ongoing opportunity to reflect upon, and practice,
the sharing of food.

In 2020, I was selected to make a sculpture within the UNESCO Geopark Odsherred, in the new sculpture park 17 Goals on my mind, in Nykøbing, Denmark. The artwork should reflect upon UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goal #2: Zero Hunger.

The project 17 Goals on my mind is a collaboration between Anneparken og UNESCO Global Geopark Odsherred, Grundejerforeningen, Kunstkollektivet 8B, Odsherred Municipality and Anneberg Kulturpark.

50 m x 10 m
Vegetable, medicinal plant and fruit garden and steal
2022, Denmark