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Item Name: Installation
Title: Nature Matching System
Maker: Tattfoo Tan
Year: 2016
Materials: painted panels
Measurements: 64 panels, each 24" x 24"
ID Number: PC2016.10
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Harnessing Sol Lewitt’s concept that “the idea becomes the machine that makes the art,” Nature Matching System was created by the Regina community and based on the instructions of artist Tattfoo Tan. The mural presents a food colour chart of the rich colour of fruits and vegetables. The colours in this mural represent 34 phyto-nutritional fruits and vegetables, categorized according to the benefits of red, orange, yellow, green, and blue/purple foods. The foods represented in the colours here are: Pineapple, Beet, Kale, Sour Cherry, Spring Onion, Yellow Bell Pepper, Rhubarb, Turnip, Purple Cabbage, Long Bean, Muscat Grapes, Dragon Fruit, Eggplant, Radish, Mangosteen, Fig, Blueberry, Strawberry, Squash, Tangerine, Artichoke, Brussel Sprouts, Banana, Butter Squash, Papaya, Broccoli, Red Bell Pepper, Apple, Squash, Asparagus, Purple Cauliflower, Zucchini, Red Kidney Bean, Avocado, and Apricot. Similar community projects have been completed in locations throughout North America. It reminds us to “get your daily dose of colour.” This version of the mural was created through a community art project in Regina, as part of a Dunlop exhibition entitled, “On the Table” (2016). Tattfoo Tan is a New York City-based artist who collaborates with the public on issues relating to ecology, sustainability, and healthy living. His decade long trilogy of projects: Nature Matching System, Sustainable. Organic. Stewardship. and New Earth have been shown widely and made into replicable manuals to inspire others to take action. His work is project-based, ephemeral, and educational in nature.