A piece of artwork depicting the Dubai skyline and made entirely out of food has been unveiled by the emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in London.
Chocolate, rice, cinnamon powder, green beans and bottles of olive oil are among the long and varied list of ingredients used to create the ‘foodscape’.
Ninety cobs of corn and several baby corn were used to create the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and the centre point of the artwork, while a combination of white bread, pretzel sticks and roasted seaweed was used to model Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
A mix of milk and white chocolate bars were used to create the Dubai World Trade Centre, while the unique sail-shape of the Burj Al Arab required tubular pasta, lasagne pasta, tortilla wraps, cheese biscuits, diced barbecue chicken, dried herbs and shortbread biscuits.
Croissants and white chocolate sticks are laid throughout the design to symbolise the Dubai Metro.
UK-based food artist Paul Baker, who was commissioned by the commission to create the art work in a bid to promote Dubai’s growing reputation as a gastronomy hub, said the process had been a challenge.
“We had to incorporate as many landmark buildings and geological features as possible, all made from food that wouldn’t deteriorate,” he said.
“We needed to find produce and food stuffs that not only wouldn't wilt, smell or decompose but could actually look like buildings. After all, fresh produce is not normally square or rectangular in form.
“The challenge was to design and construct interesting and recognisable buildings from organic-looking shapes.”
The artwork was unveiled at the World Travel Market in London and will be shipped to Dubai to go on display during the Dubai Food Festival in February.