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Cornucopia
Photo: Garret MacLean
Cornucopia Photo: Garret MacLean

[Detroit 2010]

CORNUCOPIA

50% of households in downtown Detroit don't have a car, or any other form of transportation to facilitate the drive to healthy food. (Public transportation is virtually non-existent in Detroit). Peaches & Greens started delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to poor neighborhoods in the 'food desert in 2008. They opened their first store, where they sell food at low prices, and load their produce truck.

On July 7, 2010 we joined the Peaches & Greens produce truck, and kept a list of all the fresh produce purchased that day. It was clear that Peaches & Greens could not be sufficiently mapped by just collecting and recording data outlining purchases and trajectory. We decided to visualize the data as a still life tableau, based on the exact number produce sold on that day. (Around 180 pieces of fruits and vegetables.)

We got up really early to check out the produce terminal to amass large amounts of fruit. This was also an investigation into Detroit's food chain, namely where it originates and how it is dispersed. The next morning we woke up really really early, and shot the photo in a marble fountain.

After that, we re-introduced the produce back into the food-cycle by baking pies at the Peaches & Greens store.

List of what was sold on the day we rode along with Peaches & Greens.
List of what was sold on the day we rode along with Peaches & Greens.
Detroit has about 39 grocery stores (this equals one grocery store for every 22,000 people), and 1000 convenience stores. 
Only 8% of food stamps are exchanged for healthy food at supermarkets, the rest are traded at liquor/partystores, which specialize in alcohol, tabak, lottery tickets and canned food.
Detroit has about 39 grocery stores (this equals one grocery store for every 22,000 people), and 1000 convenience stores. Only 8% of food stamps are exchanged for healthy food at supermarkets, the rest are traded at liquor/partystores, which specialize in alcohol, tabak, lottery tickets and canned food.

The truck driver, Marvin, is a key figure in the business. Marvin grew up in the neighborhood, around Maine Street-McNichols, and he knows a lot of people along his route (socializing is also an important aspect of his work). Sometimes he makes a special stop to visit an elderly lady who barely leaves her house, and checks if she craves some oranges.
The truck driver, Marvin, is a key figure in the business. Marvin grew up in the neighborhood, around Maine Street-McNichols, and he knows a lot of people along his route (socializing is also an important aspect of his work). Sometimes he makes a special stop to visit an elderly lady who barely leaves her house, and checks if she craves some oranges.
25% of the clientele are kids, coming out for the exotic taste of apples and oranges.
25% of the clientele are kids, coming out for the exotic taste of apples and oranges.
Once we decided to make the still life we retraced the food route, starting at the terminal about an hour drive from downtown.
Once we decided to make the still life we retraced the food route, starting at the terminal about an hour drive from downtown.

One of two watermelons on the list.
One of two watermelons on the list.
Shooting the still life on Belle Isle as the sun rises.
Shooting the still life on Belle Isle as the sun rises.

The food backed into the cycle by baking pies for the Peaches & Greens cafe.
The food backed into the cycle by baking pies for the Peaches & Greens cafe.