The Tain mussel project. The Highland year of culture 2007
I was the invited artist to carry out a community project connected to the local Doroch Firth wild mussel scalps.
“A food delightful to the taste of lords and cheap enough for poor folk’s tables”- poet Ausonius, 4th century.
The Tain Mussel Company provided the mussels for a street party. The local hotel cooked the mussels and the local bakery gave garlic bread. All this was provided for free to those who came to eat whilst the local highland band played. It was a fantastic community event.
In all about 1100 people were fed. All the mussel shells that would normally have been discarded were saved for me to start my work. The main theme of my project was “The cycle of nature is a recycle”.