Peanut Butter Floors and Other Weird Food Art

Food Lovers, Travel News — By Candice Walsh on May 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

If you’re familiar with the phrase “wading through molasses,” it’s probably time we coined a new one for, “walking through peanut butter.”

Why yes, we do love a good pun.

At the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, a man recently walked through a peanut butter floor display 14-metres in length accidentally, created by the famous artist Wim T. Schippers. Known as the “Peanut-Butter Platform” (circa 1962), the whole thing amounts to 1100 litres of peanut butter, or enough to fill, “more than 2000 regular-sized jars.”

The man is expected to pay for the damage, although apparently this isn’t the first time it’s happened — in fact, several others have gotten themselves into a sticky situation by walking through the display. We kind of love the art piece’s MO, actually: “everything is meaningless and absurd, but is therefore worth the effort nonetheless.”

Image: RVWithTito/Flickr

Weird food art is no stranger to art galleries, it seems. Schippers’ peanut-butter floor originated as endive and spinach, but was deemed unacceptable by the owner of Felix Valk’s Gallery ’20. Then there’s the Meat After Meat Joy group exhibition of contemporary artists who use meat in their art, creating works of photography, paintings, and video exploring the “paradoxical relationship meat has to the body.” PETA must love these guys.

Finally, London-based painter Carl Warner enjoys creating Foodscapes based on every day, common food items—and they’re delightful (as well as delicious). Crafting hills out of pasta, trees from thyme and mozzarella clouds, Warner’s paintings are classical in composition and represent traditional landscape scenes.

It gives a whole new meaning to “playing with your food,” doesn’t it?


Tags: Carl warner, food art, Foodscapes, Meat After Meat Joy, Peanut Butter Platform

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