Food That Makes the Grade
Exploring the NYC resturaunt rating system with lasers and actual food.
Health inspectors randomly visit restaurants and other places that serve food or drink and review cleanliness/following of food safety procedures resulting in a numbered score. The higher the number, the more problems the restaurant has. In the past, you could look up the number online, but it was not particularly easy to differentiate between a well maintained restaurant and a filth den. With the introduction of the letter grade, customers can quickly decide if the food is worth the potential risk of getting sick.
I wanted to try to use the laser cutter in a way it's not normally used and highlight the food letter grade system. Empirically I've noticed many people don't pay attention to the grade or are not phased by the foreboding orange C placed at the front door.