London is Good Enough to Eat


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There is something so irresistible about these vegetable "foodscapes". Examining the detail and the ingenuity can provide endless minutes (surely not hours) of fun. The Houses of Parliament are built from asparagus, green beans and runner beans, mixed with baby sweetcorn to depict the intricate stonework. Look out for the watermelon dome.

This depiction of London's skyline took three weeks and used 26 different types of fruit and vegetables. Carl Warner and his team of five model makers call them still life pictures. They have an ulterior motive: they are promoting healthy eating as well as their art.


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The London Eye has green beans as spokes and its pods are carefully crafted out of baby cherry tomatoes. Check out the radishes, runner beans, rhubarb and a lemon as well.

Then there's the iconic Tower Bridge. It's made made from runner beans, celery, and Shredded Wheat, and sits on pineapple bases.

Warner does moving pictures as well. The Caramel Sea is a sea of yummy sauce flowing gently over apple rocks and croissant cliffs. It's all in good fun and you can buy the prints if you are really obsessed, or make your own.

It's not that easy. First Warner sketches out a traditional landscape scene before introducing the food. Each scene is then captured in separate layers to prevent the food from wilting. He then uses computer technology to combine them into a single final print. To give a realistic 3-D feel to the photos, each still life is composed on an 8 foot by 4 foot table. The foreground is only about 2 feet across.

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