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Sandwiches Fit for a Museum: 5 Edible Works of Art

Image: Brittany Powell, courtesy of Low Commitment Projects

When the sandwich first became popular in England during the 19th century, it had something of a low reputation — a meal for gamblers and drinkers who didn’t have the time or the decency for the dinner table. Since then, esteem for the sandwich has increased considerably. It’s the lunch of the people, after all. But few have ever aspired to bring the humble sandwich into the realm of art. Until now.

On the blog Low Commitment Projects, artist Brittany Powell has elevated the lunchtime staple in a series of sandwiches inspired by famous works of art. From O’Keefe to Mondrian, her sandwiches recreate iconic pieces in lettuce, tomato, cheese, condiments, and lunch meat on bread.

This clever project is just one of many Brittany and her collaborator Tae Kitakata have featured on Low Commitment Projects. Conceived as way to keep creative ideas flowing post-art school, the blog is an exchange of concepts brought to fruition with a small investment of time and energy. Each week throughout 2012, the authors will post a new “low commitment” project. Ranging from food art, to funny handmade book jackets, the site inspires with simple, often humorous, ideas for everyday creative acts.

Check out the slide show below to see how well that art history class you took is serving you by guessing the inspiration for each sandwich, and then head over to Low Commitment Projects for more creative ideas.


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