Fruits from the melon family are pretty cool. In hotter climes, it doesn’t come much better than chomping on a juicy watermelon, the succulent flesh melting in your mouth before you spit out the pips – preferably aiming at a metallic object for that extra satisfying, spittoon-style ping. That said, we came across an even more pleasing use for our favourite fruit: as the medium for exquisite sculpture.
The skill and patience that must go into carving stuff this intricate is pretty incredible. Yep, definitely not for the heavy-handed. Apparently it's a Chinese art from, though some also say it comes from Japan.
Check it out: a canteloupe rose. It's like a case of art imitating life but playing with the natural order of things – or perhaps just showing how the natural cycle continues. Instead of flowers becoming fruit, fruit become flowers – and, my, what blossom!
Of course, fruit have always been an artist's friend, but usually they're the subject of sketching and painting rather than the very substance from which pieces are created.
Getting a little bored with roses now? Well here's a dolphin.
Watermelon art has certainly been making waves and whetting a few taste buds on the blogosphere, as these next few images show. Here's one for the soppy types, though its a long wait till Valentine's Day unfortunately.
There are lots of examples of designs carved into the skin of melons as if they're a blank canvas to work on. You'll find everything from images of baseball players to depictions of Van Gogh out there. Some of it starts to seem a little tacky though.
This particular art critic prefers it when the entire melon becomes the basis for a stand alone object. It's rather like the way pumpkins are put under the knife come Halloween, except instead of being hollowed out, the fruit is carved into.
Saying "ahh", and looking incredibly lifelike, this next number has become something of a classic. Who can argue?
The only thing with all this creative work is that it's fundamentally throw-away – or perhaps rot-away. Yup, if ever there was art that isn't eternal, it's this lot. At least you could have a nibble if you started feeling peckish. Heaven forbid.
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