Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is one of the most admired artworks in the world and it has spawned several imitations — often with unusual things. From bacteria to rice-crackers, people around the world have recreated it using unique items. Joining this list is a culinary school from Japan. Using over 2000 slices of bread, students of a cooking and confectionery school in Fukuoka recreated the Renaissance painting.
A mosaic food-art, which is nearly eight feet tall, was unveiled for the public to see at the annual festival of the school called the Nakamura Culinary School. “A group of about 30 students spent about two months completing the work, which is 2.4 meters (about 7.8 feet) tall and 1.5 meters wide,” Japan News reported.
To create the artwork, the budding culinary students started by baking loaves of bread, some white and some black, with the latter containing cocoa powder. “The loaves were sliced, the crusts were trimmed off, and the bread was dried. The students then arranged the slices on a sheet of plywood, attaching them to form an image of Mona Lisa,” SF Gate said in their report.
“We could re-create Mona Lisa while making the most of the bread’s characteristics. For example, we used various shades of brown, which we produced by toasting the slices differently,” said Akari Nagata, 19, the leader of the student group.
Nakamura Festival is the largest event in the school, which is planned by students of the Nakamura International Hotel College, and will be visited by more than 8,000 people every year, the school said on their Facebook page while sharing photo of the art.