We’ve all been out and about driving around and seen used mattresses thrown out onto the sidewalk without a second thought. These once-sad discards were seen as lifeless garbage, but now they’ve been given a second life by being transformed into oversized, delicious, non-edible treats.
Laughing Squid gives us a peek at these luscious works of art that seem too good to be true. French street artist Lor-K created an art installation called EAT ME, taking those old mattresses and transforming them into bright, vibrant street art.
The bedding is cut, shaped, spray-painted, and glued into larger than life meals. Taking someone’s trash and making it into something beautiful is nothing new but creating soft, stuffed food out of it is certainly different. Given the bright colors and details it’s hard to believe that these sculptures were once street garbage.
Lor-K is a master of creating texture and color: bread looks toasted to perfection while a burrito’s tortilla is crinkled just right. She is adept at making dollops of sauces look incredibly realistic. Only until you get a closer look do you realize that poofy whipped cream is actually a sickly mattress cover. It’s beautiful and disturbing all at once.
The fact that these foods are so large makes you feel as if you’re a part of the installation. The scale of an oversized sandwich makes a human being become rat-sized, and lets you think about what’s being discarded so freely onto the street. Have we all become literal pizza-rats?
What do you think of these mattress food sculptures? Let us know in the comments!