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Aqua ViTea Art Director Michael Kin designed and painted the truck. Its left side is designed to look like a cow, whose head is the top of the cab. Each panel on the truck depicts a different moment in the history of cooking, progressing in descending order from left to right. The picture in the middle represents the Big Bang that came before anything else.
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The first panel shows early Homo sapiens cooking over a fire, with the Lascaux cave paintings in the background.
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Later in food history, humans in the Fertile Crescent attributed bread rising to magic. Here, one of Kin’s creatures holds wheat in its right hand and leavened bread, poking out of a magician's hat, in its left.
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The seventh panel depicts a Greek bacchanal. Participants celebrate the wine god Dionysus by eating grapes under a crescent moon.
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On the back of the truck is what Kin refers to as “an ‘oh, God’ period in the 20th century where we went a little sideways.” This scene is supposed to show the “bad years” of food trends, like monoculture and frozen food. The unfinished grey blob at the top is a microwave, zapping vegetables below. The big metal box hanging off is the truck's generator.
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The right side of the truck, facing customers as they order food, will show the present day and a return to an appreciation for sustainable agriculture and farm-to-table practices. This unfinished drawing of two farmers posing as Grant Wood’s American Pastoral is a nod to Elmer Farm, one of Kin’s favorites. A panel to the right, not yet drawn, will show four figures and a chicken holding up a barn to represent community efforts to support local farms.
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Evolution Kitchen made the rounds in Texas in a past life. This sticker still remains on the pick-up window.
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The outfitting of the interior of the truck is a communal effort. A friend of the Mitchells sanded and re-painted the interior, a volunteer from the board of Middlebury Underground welded, and Silver Maple Construction is adding some bells and whistles, including a grill with the Evolution Kitchen logo.
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Sabine Poux
Aqua ViTea Art Director Michael Kin designed and painted the truck. Its left side is designed to look like a cow, whose head is the top of the cab. Each panel on the truck depicts a different moment in the history of cooking, progressing in descending order from left to right. The picture in the middle represents the Big Bang that came before anything else.

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