The system of partial differential equations
arises in the analysis of mathematical models for sandpile growth and in the context of the Monge–Kantorovich optimal mass transport theory. A representation formula for the solutions of a related boundary value problem is here obtained, extending the previous two-dimensional result of the first two authors to arbitrary space dimension. An application to the minimization of integral functionals of the form
with f≥ 0, and h≥ 0 possibly non-convex, is also included.