Food and art collide

Photography student Marcin Reweda with his collage art installation in the walkway between Marks and Spencer and British Home Stores in the city centre, depicting how far food sometimes travels before being served.

Photography student Marcin Reweda with his collage art installation in the walkway between Marks and Spencer and British Home Stores in the city centre, depicting how far food sometimes travels before being served.

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SHOPPERS are being given food for thought by a photography student’s public artwork.

Marcin Reweda, pictured, created a giant photo montage in a pedestrian walkway in Sunderland city centre.

The 29-year-old, who is studying photography, video and digital imaging at Sunderland University, wanted to make a statement about food miles and the distance some foods have to travel to reach shoppers in the UK.

Marcin, who is originally from Poland, chose the busy spot between Marks & Spencer and BHS as he wanted to have the maximum impact on shoppers.

Store bosses approved designs for the artwork – an apple made up of up to 800 small photos – and Marcin spent two days creating it.

Marcin, a second-year student, said: “It is about food miles and importing food to the UK. I chose an apple because most of the apples in the UK are imported from other countries.

“I’ve always been interested in taking photographs, so I decided the degree might help to develop my career.”

Programme leader Dave Harvey said: “The whole intention of this kind of project is that it is not in an art gallery, but in a public place, provoking debate.

“It’s not a critique of Mark & Spencer, but instead to get the customers thinking.”

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