Bread Art
Credit: © Jolita Vaitkutė

When this artist was asked to create a piece to celebrate the opening of a bread factory, she went above and beyond the call of duty. Jolita Vaitkute, a 20-year-old artist from Lithuania with a background in food art, turned 1,000 slices of bread into a massive drawing of her hometown, Vilnius. Enlisting a team, also from Vilnius—photographer Emilija Vinzanovaite, illustrator Algirdas Padleckis, and illustrator Gintare Tumosaite—Vaitkute got this 3.5 x 2.5 meter (about 11.5 x 6.6 foot) artwork done in fifty hours.

How did Vaitkute and her team go about turning plain slices of bread into an actually usable material for an art piece? The project began with an incredibly detailed sketch of Vilnius. The sketch was gridded into squares, with a piece for each slice of bread. Vaitkute dried out all the slices in her own house, where she could get them to the right temperature. Then, giving each slice a number, corresponding to its place on the drawing's grid, Vaitkute and her team selectively burned and cut into all the bread, getting each slice to resemble its place on the sketch. From there, it was just a matter of transporting and correctly assembling it.

This may be the most massive work Vaitkute has ever completed, but it's certainly not her first time turning foods into exciting works of art. In the past, she's created nonpareils Chuck Taylor high tops, a veggie version of the famous "Girl" photograph of an Afghani refugee by Steve McCurry, and a suspended bumble bee sculpture made of different produce items. For more, follow Vaitkute on Instagram.