Think Starry Night along with Sunflowers created using jam tarts and bananas, Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly featuring liquorice and broccoli, Andy Warhol’s Marilyn with lips made of chillis and lemons for hair and the Mona Lisa recreated in seaweed and coffee beans.
It took Brisbane artist Gary Myers five days to create the five artworks, each measuring 1x1.5 metres, with help from his assistants. They were designed to form a pop up gallery to mark the opening of a $300 dining and lifestyle precinct at Westfield Carindale on March 29.
The 1 x 1.5m sized images are part of the opening celebration in Westfield’s new $300 million redevelopment fresh food and casual dining precinct for just four days (until tomorrow 1 April) and are made from produce available from the new restaurants, cafes, Coles and specialty fresh food retailers.
Retailers include a gourmet food market, a new chocolate cafe concept and a new, full line Coles along with a range of dining options including Mexican tacqueria Guzman Y Gomez and noodle bar Wagamamas.
Artist Gary Myers said that working with food instead of his usual paintbrush and palette was an interesting experience.
“This is certainly one of the more unusual commissions I‟ve received in my 40 year career,” he said. “Working with perishable materials presented some obvious challenges, however, I‟m extremely pleased with the results.”
Due to the perishable nature of the artworks, the free exhibition will only be in centre until 5pm Sunday 1 April and is located near Coles on the ground level in the new precinct, opposite Fresh Sensations Gourmet Market.
The Glasshouse features a mix of international and boutique food operators including Japanese sushi restaurant Ginga, Yum Cha Cuisine and healthy burger joint Grill"d.
New chocolate cafe concept, Chocolate Pavilion – where diners can enjoy everything from chocolate risotto and chocolate sushi through to chocktails and chocolate shooters – promises to be a highlight.