Philly artist sells hand-painted Chinese food containers to help the hungry

Mike DeNardo
November 22, 2018 - 8:30 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A Philadelphia artist aims to raise money for Philabundance by selling unique, hand-painted Chinese takeout boxes. 

Metallica. The Robot from Lost in Space. Elvis. Flyer James van Riesmdyk. Philadelphia artist and Moore College of Art and Design grad student Steve Mogck has painted their images on 100 food containers usually used for Chinese takeout. They're selling for $150 to $300 apiece, with the goal of raising $30,000 for Philabundance.
     
"They're one of a kind, so the Metallica sold out right away," Mogck said. "And it was actually a friend that is a huge Metallica fan. And there were actually a couple of people that tried to bid on it right away."

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He's also commissioned 16 other artists to create their own boxes for the cause.  
     
"I really want to take a back seat and just wear the hat of curator," Mogck explained, "even though I already have all of these containers of my own produced."
      
The effort, called SATED: The Food Container Project, culminates with a reception December 7 at the James Oliver Gallery at Seventh and Chestnut. That's where buyers can pick up their containers. To go.