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Chinese artist, Song Dong, created “Eating the City” in 2007, which was on display in a London department store before it went stale, or was presumably eaten. Made entirely of 72,000 biscuits along with tea, caramels and fruit shortcake, Dong created a composite Asian city to scale.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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4:20PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Beautiful! Novel! It must be wonderful to eat a work of art! Thanks for this story. Will look up the works of Vik Muniz and Carl Warner to see their works.

8:47PM PST on Dec 11, 2010


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1:38AM PST on Nov 17, 2010

thanks for the amazing article.

12:13AM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Cool! Edible art! I like those edible bouquets, it has all that fresh fruit... it's like fruit salad on a stick, and you can pick out different ones to have on your plate. YUMMY!

11:49AM PST on Nov 16, 2010

Sweet, you guys may want to try youtubing coffee art or cappichino art.

8:12AM PST on Nov 16, 2010

art is a very amazing thing... art in food is not a bad idea too, but when it gets wasted, it is depressing to ponder... I do not say that food art is a waste, its just that food with the art are sometimes not consumed...

7:23AM PST on Nov 16, 2010

I don't know how I feel about these. Of course, they're beautiful and creative, but... wasting food...?
I guess it's OK if it gets eaten in the end, but I hate to think that these thousand of toasts went into a compost pile after the shooting of the video.

2:29AM PST on Nov 16, 2010


1:13AM PST on Nov 16, 2010

Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

There is an exhibition called Eat Art on here in Stuttgart, which I took my daughter too - but a lot of it was pretty bizarre and way over her head. She had 2 favorites: a rotating kitchen which was a total mess and a stain on the wall which represented a child having thrown up spaghetti and tomato sauce ....

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