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Mural Arts Program to host meal for 900 guests

The Mural Arts program wants to use specific foods in a public art project.

Cescaphe Executive Chef Jayson Grossberg prepares one of the dishes to be served at the upcoming 70x7 The Meal, act XXXIV event to take place on Oct. 5. Credit: Charles Mostoller/METRO Cescaphe Executive Chef Jayson Grossberg prepares one of the dishes to be served at the upcoming 70x7 The Meal, act XXXIV event to take place on Oct. 5. Credit: Charles Mostoller/METRO

To mark the Mural Arts Program's 30th anniversary, members solicited the help of renowned Paris-based artists Lucy and Jorge Orta to help create a grand expression of public art.

Dubbed "What We Sow," the program will include workshops and artist talks through the month of September and the beginning of October to educate city dwellers on heirloom foods, which are fruits and vegetables grown from seeds that are passed down from one generation to other.

The program culminates with 70x7 The Meal on Oct. 5. This is the 34th edition of The Meal, which the Orta's have performed in countries across the globe. The Philly edition, hosted at Independence National Park for 900 guests, will serve a sampling of heirloom produce created by consulting chef Marc Vetri.

A quarter of the tickets will be open to the public through a lottery system. To apply, visit www.muralarts.org/whatwesow.

The idea, said Lucy Orta, is to gather a unique assortment of people around a communal table, " that symbolically unites us across continents around a belief that art has the power to empower and change."

 
 
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