I’ve got to admit I didn’t realize that toast was such a serious art. Up until two weeks ago, my knowledge of toast art was limited to what my mickey mouse toaster could do to my breakfast bread. Since I was already scheduled to go to Hong Kong for the March Jewelry fair, I made a mental note of seeing this rather unique mural up close.
The K11 Art Mall, where this is (and has been, since last August’s Food Art Festival) on “exhibit” is located along Hanoi Road at Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon was not hard to find since taking Exit N4 leads you directly to one of the mall’s entrances, still located within the MTR facility.
The Mona Lisa toast mural is a creation of 53-year old Kiwi artist Maurice “Toastman” Bennet, who, for the past decade, has been making incredible masterpieces from pieces of crunchy toast. For this particular endeavour, Bennet used 6,000 pixels of blowtorched bread to capture Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile as she holds her pink ice cream on cone.