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Food as Art: Art as Food

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Vik Muniz is a Brazilian born visual artist, and has been known to work with chocolate syrup, caviar, diamonds, and various detritus to create incredibly memorable and evocative works. He has done likenesses of the Mona Lisa out of both peanut butter and jelly. In the piece below, Muniz created a three-paneled depiction of The Last Supper rendered entirely in chocolate syrup.

Milan (The Last Supper) - Vik Muniz

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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

Arty!

7:52PM PST on Nov 27, 2010

Interesting....thanx

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

funny

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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