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These drinks blend unusual ingredients like Big Data and Kale Chips to represent the deprivations of urban life.

New York City’s High Line—an elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park—is cooking up some food for thought this summer with their Archeo outdoor art exhibit. The exhibit is a study in contrasts, with the High Line’s natural beauty paired with hulking sculptures that resemble the relics of a futuristic, dystopian civilization unearthed, with a twist. Combining social activism and a little tongue-in-cheek humor, these sculptures, such as Josh Kline’s Skittles—an industrial fridge loaded up with social commentary smoothies—actually offer poignant commentary on humanity’s present fascination and frustration with technology.

At first glance, Skittles looks like a typical fridge—although it might be more at home in a supermarket instead of a park—filled with bottled drinks. But closer examination reveals Kline’s poetic and unconventional “smoothie” concoctions are more than meets the eye. The neat packaging and designs may be modeled after BluePrintJuice’s iconic bottles, but the flavours offer a taste of our contemporary lifestyle, from enticing mixtures of omega3 fish oil, and bacteria, to protein powder, self-tanner, and banana.

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