Artists and Food Activism

The following are just a few examples of projects by artists that address food and food activism. Follow the links provided to learn more.

Swale (A public floating food forest)

Founding artist: Mary Mattingly

Swale is a floating food forest built atop a barge that travels to piers in New York City, offering educational programming and welcoming visitors to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free. Swale strives to strengthen stewardship of public waterways and land, while working to shift policies that will increase the presence of edible perennial landscapes.

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Facebook| Swale (@swaleny)

Instagram| @swaleproject


Conflict Kitchen

Founding artist: Jon Rubin

Conflict Kitchen is a restaurant In Pittsburgh, PA that serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, publications, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus region. The restaurant rotates identities in relation to current geopolitical events.

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Facebook| Conflict Kitchen (

Instagram| @conflictkitchen

Twitter| @conflictkitchen


Fallen Fruit

Founding artists: David Burns & Austin Young

Fallen Fruit began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. The collaboration has expanded to include serialized public projects and site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world. By always working with fruit as a material or media, the catalogue of projects and works reimagine public interactions with the margins of urban space, systems of community and narrative real-time experience.


Facebook| Fallen Fruit (@fallenfruit)

Instagram| @fallen_fruit

Twitter| @fallenfruit