WHAT'S FRESH?

Whether you have the skills of professional food artists Hong Yi or Dan Cretu, there’s
no denying that playing with your food can be pretty fun. If it’s something you’d like to
turn into something official, there are a few tips to follow. Firstly, don’t be afraid to use
food scraps—peels and pits can all add texture to your work. Secondly, the best food to
use is colorful fruit and vegetables that stand out—and also that isn’t too soft to shape!
In the same vein, foods that have different interiors and exteriors, such as eggplants or
watermelons, can give you more to ‘play’ with. And finally, once you’re done, share
your art! Instagram, a blog or Facebook are great places to share your art.

 

Here are some ideas to get you inspired:

 

1. Who knew you could do so much with melons and parsley?

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2. Who knew you could do so much with melons and parsley?

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3. Romanian artist Dan Cretu does some pretty intricate things with his food:

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4. He also knows how to make a good picture (pun intended):

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5. For 31 days, Malaysian artist Hong Yi set out to create a masterpiece out of food every day. Here, she makes an owl out of purple onions:

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6. Her scenes take combos of ham and spinach to a whole new level:

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1. Mmuseumm

Only open on the weekends, this tiny museum is located inside a freight elevator in Tribeca,
and features an eclectic collection—tightly edited, of course—of cultural artefacts that reflect
the modern age. A fascinating look at the zeitgeist, it only holds three people at a time.

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2. The Troll Museum

Remember the tiny, neon-haired creatures we played with as kids? Well, there’s a whole
museum dedicated to them. The private collection of a self-described “trollologist”, it
features vintage trolls and colorful related memorabilia packed into the owner’s LES
apartment. The museum is closed right now, but we’re hoping it’s just a hiatus. In the
meantime, you can check out the images online.

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3. The earth room

Sure, it’s essentially a room full of dirt, but what makes it cool is the fact that it’s in SoHo,
one of the city’s most visited precincts, and no one knows it’s there. Also, it’s technically
considered a piece of installation art by conceptual artist Walter De Maria, and has been on
display since 1980.

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4. the city reliquary

You might have walked past the City Reliquary without even realizing it. Thanks to its
colorful, shop-like exterior, it blends right into this quiet corner of Williamsburg. Run by
members of the community, it’s a cool way to get a new perspective on New York City life.

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5. Torah Animal World

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the fauna featured in the Old Testament, then Torah
Animal World is the place for you. A wonderland of taxidermied animals, this unique
museum is bigger than you think, and can be a fun place to spend your weekend learning
about animals from a new perspective.

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