so, here are the photos of grace's short-lived 'you are what you eat' installation at greenbelt. since there was no obvious differentiation between it and the 'messy space' play area, children used it as a playground. it had to be closed after about three hours due to the mess. we were very angry. we had expected a certain amount of mess - eaten chocolates, squashed vegetables - we had cleaning materials and spares. however the children [it may only have been two or three] had opened half the contents and created a strange liquid mess in the mixing bowl. that seemed to be where the cucumber, cabbage and all of the peppercorns had gone. many things had been spoiled by being opened and having fingers stuck in them. we couldn't work out why some chocolates and cakes were eaten, but others not touched eg the fun-size mars bars and the crisps. the eggs were intact but the instant coffee opened. and so on.
the following morning we dismantled the whole thing. at the time we couldn't see how to make it work without spending more time and energy than we possessed. we had worked very hard to create it and were entirely dispirited. all the stuff that survived is in the process of being eaten, the racks will do for my shoes and books, the fridge went back to the recycling centre whence it came. i wish i had taken photos of the trashed version now, but i couldn't face it at the time. not a good way to start greenbelt - i was pretty hurt for a couple of days.