Acclaimed ‘father of food’ Catalan designer, Martí Guixé, will present his first major Australian exhibition Fake Food Park for Kids at NGV International from early June in Melbourne.

Guixé, who is renowned for his playful and experimental approach to food and its design, has previously developed concepts including Pharma-Food, that allows people to breathe in molecules of vapourised food, lickable flavoured stamps, and a lollipop with an orange seed inside, designed to be planted after eating to encourage spontaneous reforestation.

A colourful, custom-designed kitchen surrounded by dining booths will take centre stage at the Fake Food Park. It will be a vibrant and interactive, large-scale exhibition developed especially for children and families to inspire a rethinking of the ways we eat and our attitudes to familiar foods. Through a hands-on activity and digital design challenges, visitors will be asked to sprout new ideas for food concepts and flavours, and create their very own ‘Fake Food Park’ menu.

The exhibition will be a kitchen space where younger visitors can construct a ‘meal’ using a collection of blocks, fabric and other materials, which is then photographed and magically transformed into a composite image of real food items.