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Mona Lisa mosaic made of burnt toast is a labour of loaf

Last week, a renowned New Zealand artist completed a giant rendition of Mona Lisa eating pink ice cream – made entirely of burnt toast – for Hong Kong’s Food Art Festival.

Maurice “Toastman” Bennett, 53, used nothing but a blowtorch to create different colour tones and patterns.  His latest work of art, “Sweet Delight Mona Lisa,” is a billboard-size mosaic made of about 6,000 pieces of toast.

Bennett endeavours to attain a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest mosaic made of toast.

His exhibit is open to the public as part of the Food Art Festival held at K-11, Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui shopping centre. Bennett worked on this Mona Lisa replica from a studio nestled on the first floor of the mall, which reeked of gas and burnt toast.

He has also created impressive celebrity toast portraits – from Elvis Presley and US President Barack Obama to New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Keys. Bennett’s abstract pieces are reminiscent of pixel art, with a slice of toast for each pixel.

The Toastman’s works of art have been featured on Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Check out Maurice Bennett‘s website for his toast art and other burnt works.

Barack Obama mosaic by Maurice Bennett

Elvis Presley mosaic by Maurice Bennett