Move over 64Colors, there’s a new Marshall Strawberry in Limited Edition Land! Leah Gauthier is an artist who explores food as an agent of social change and cultural identity. She began the Marshall Strawberry Project with a few donated runners in 2007. From there, she propagated an edition of 600 signed and numbered living Marshall Strawberry plants. For $65, you can have one baby Marshall Strawberry plant shipped to your door overnight. The plants are 3-4 inches tall and arrive in hand-sewn fabric containers with metal tags designating their number in the series. Gauthier will be keeping track of Marshall’s travels through a map on the appropriately named page, MARSHALL’S JOURNEY.
Perhaps you’re thinking: “Why do I want these limited edition Marshall Strawberries that you speak of?” Strawberries, my friends, are delicious, and this one is endangered. (Gauthier’s berries are all descendants of a single Marshall Strawberry clone held at a top secret science research center in Oregon.) Marshall Strawberries also have a fancy pedigree. In addition to it being one of only two strawberries allowed into the childhood home of American chef and food writer, James Beard, it was served to kings and queens. For further tales of Marshall’s legacy, check out this post at Edible Geography. The author, Nicola, also cites the wisdom of one Marcel Duchamp: “The creative act is not performed by the artist alone.” Hence: Save a strawberry by buying an artist edition readymade and growing your own!
If you’re clinging to the last vine of hope that this blog is still exclusively about toy art, you’re really going to have to get yourself weaned. But I’ll throw you a bone: In late September, Lulubell Toy Bodega released Siccaluna x Grody Shogun’s Flavor Monsters (shown below). That batch is sold out, but most certainly, further colorways are forthcoming.