Mandala of Consumption

One third of the world’s food production ends up in the garbage every year, this means 1,300 million tons. More than enough to feed the 870 million people who go hungry every day. Only in rich countries, for example, do they throw away as much food as the total net food production in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the FAO.

It is an excess in a time when almost a billion people go hungry, and represents a loss of labor, water, energy, land and other resources used in the production of these foods.

Alarmed by these figures, the artist and activist Stephanie Senge designed a giant mandala composed of foods to draw attention to this problem.
The mandala of almost 6 meters in diameter was installed in the framework of the Drap-Art Festival in October 2016 in Market Square, Pittsburgh and December 2011 in Plaza de los Angeles in Barcelona.

The products were given at the end of the day to passers-by.


Video made by the Goethe-Institut in Plaça dels Àngels, Barcelona.