City Harvest partners with award-winning 3D animation artist Yanis Georges in collaboration to launch their first Food Report, showing the power of food distribution
The Food Report cover artwork, ‘The Harmonious Rhythm of Generosity’ illustrates the positive ripple effect of City Harvest’s services on society. Yanis’s mesmerising 3D animation and AI artwork represent City Harvest’s network.
This unique partnership combines art and activism, creating a piece emblematic of Yanis Georges’ distinctive style. ‘The Beauty of Food Redistribution’ includes a series of artworks created using 3D Particle Systems, Data, Augmented Reality (AR), AI technology and photography. The interactive approach uses AR technology to allow visitors to see the still artwork in animated form, bringing to life how sustainable collaboration can lead to significant social and environmental benefits.
Readers of the physical report are invited to use the Artivive App and hold their phone over the Food Report cover to watch and listen as every City Harvest ‘green thread’ creates a yellow ‘food delivery’ and an immediate pink ripple effect on ‘people’.
This beautifully animated cycle represents City Harvest‘s monthly impact. Yanis’s work – like ours, is beautifully relentless.”
Huge thanks to: AT Communications Ltds and Unilumin Group for providing the LED panels and Byron Biroli for the stunning sound design.
“City Harvest is delighted to collaborate with Yanis Georges for our first Food Report. Yanis’s 3D representation of City Harvest’s food redistribution network shows the value of our social impact. It is easy to lose perspective on the intrinsic value of food to people who have nothing. This exhibition shows the beauty of food redistribution and invites the public to think about the positive ripple effects of positive decisions.
‘The Beauty of Food Redistribution’ exhibition will move around London as an installation pop-up, and will change as each report is released.
With Oscar’s photography from our People Report, this collaboration is a stunning display of beautifully, big-hearted people, helping people.”
Where to see the exhibition?
The LED installation and series of AI stills can be seen, with photography from our June People Report, in a roaming exhibition around London.
Conduit Club, Covent Garden
London, 18th November: Conduit Supper Club – ticket enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Conduit Club Membership Open Day – London, 16th October.
St Paul’s Cathedral – London, 1st October 2023. City Harvest service celebrating the Harvest Festival sermon by CEO Sarah Calcutt. Reflecting on the value of food and current levels of food poverty. Private view in the crypt.
Since 2014, City Harvest has been on a mission to reduce food insecurity and protect the planet by diverting quality, nutritious, edible surplus food from waste and redistributing it to those facing food poverty. It is driven by passionate individuals, surplus food, and data-driven logistics, and the new collaboration sees diverse UK-based artists shed light on the value and beauty of sustainable food redistribution. The blending of reportage photography and AI allegories demonstrates the ripple effect that sustainable choices within the food industry can create.
“For this project, I loved combining data with the pulse of the real world. City Harvest has done an incredible job delivering the important findings of this report. It is a privilege to breathe life into the data, transforming it into a spectacle to inspire more people to get involved and see the full picture of food redistribution.”
“Art is a living entity, and this exhibition will be a testament to the transformative power of data, creativity, and the spirit of philanthropy.”
Yanis is an award-winning, published, 3D animation artist, who works with 3D, AR & AI technology. As a youth mentor to young people in France, food poverty is something he is familiar with, and he understands the impact hunger can have. In addition to this groundbreaking collaboration, Yanis Georges recently achieved bronze and silver awards in the 2023 3D Animation category at the Creativepool Awards.
As food waste and food poverty reach levels reminiscent of the Dickensian era when the Harvest Festival service was first established by the Church of England, City Harvest’s message resonates deeply. The exhibition embodies the CEO’s sermon on the power of food and the profound social and environmental impact of giving to those less fortunate.
This Harvest Festival and winter is going to be particularly difficult for millions of families. In October, people’s energy bills will increase by over £1,600 a year, and millions of households will not be able to afford food. Your support has a direct impact on London’s most vulnerable people. For every £5 donated, City Harvest can deliver 20 meals for free.
This new report follows City Harvest’s June People Report photography series, which was shot by Oscar J. Ryan. A series of confronting life-size prints shot in a school playground, these prints convey the size of the issue and the scale of City Harvest’s solution. 1 in 4 children doesn’t eat because the cost of living and food has risen so much that people cannot afford to feed their families and pay bills, with malnutrition and rickets becoming an increasing problem in children.
Notes to editors
ABOUT CITY HARVEST
City Harvest is the capital’s original food redistribution charity, part of the fabric of London. Our iconic vans can be seen across the city delivering free food and hope for a better tomorrow to 375+ charities. In 2014, our founders saw that tonnes of edible food industry waste were being directed to landfill, while hundreds of thousands of people were missing meals. The solution was clear: to redistribute surplus food to those who need it the most. 9 years on and City Harvest has delivered over 50 million meals worth of food to Londoners facing food poverty. Watch video here.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Working in London’s creative industry, currently at Pixel Artworks, Yanis is an award-winning published 3D animation artist, who works with 3D, AR & AI technology. As a youth mentor to young people in France, food poverty is something he is familiar with, and he understands the impact hunger can have. In addition to this groundbreaking collaboration, Yanis Georges recently achieved bronze and silver awards in the 2023 3D Animation category at the Creativepool Awards, solidifying his position as a prominent figure in art and design. This recognition further underscores the significance of this partnership and its potential to capture the imagination of the design press and the public alike. @ethikdesign
A commercial photographer and director, Oscar was drawn to City Harvest by the energy of its people. Making deliveries on the vans and seeing the unique dynamic between City Harvest drivers and recipients moved him to take the photos featured in City Harvest’s People Report. @0scarjryan