Monday, January 11, 2010

A Looong Coffee Break with Mona Lisa

It measures 20 feet high by 13 feet wide and took a team of eight artful collaborators three hours to complete. The Mona Lisa, one of the world's most famous paintings, has been recreated in Australia with 3,604 cups of coffee.

The java-based image was created for The Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney, and seen by 130,000 people who attended the one-day coffee- lovers event.

Artists will surely note that only five values were used. Each coffee cup was filled with either straight black coffee with no milk or a little or lots of milk to create the different sepia shades of the painting.

“The Mona Lisa has been reproduced so many times in so many different mediums but, as far as we know, never out of coffee,” said one of the over-caffeinated baristas. “The result was fantastic,” she added with a jumpy jitter.

Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda, is the 16th century portrait painted in oil by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance.

For the record, this 3,604-cup homage to the Mona Lisa masterpiece required more than six barrels of coffee (55- gallons per)! At Starbucks, 3,604 coffees (at $1.50 for a 12-oz. tall) would set you back about $5,406.

Take yourself a coffee break now to watch a two-minute You Tube video of how this giant Mona Lisa was brewed and served.

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