Maps are objects we use in our everyday lives whenever we fancy the idea of travelling somewhere. Some of us collect old and rare maps. Others use them to study certain geographic regions. However, artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves decided to do something special. They made maps out of iconic foods found in certain regions.
The project developed by photographer Henry Hargreaves and New York-based food stylist Caitlin Levin is called Food Maps. The two created a series of maps of different countries and continents. Each region was made of delicacies iconic to that particular area. Talking about their project, the two called it “a playful representation of our interpretation of food from around the world.”
Australia is made of shrimp. New Zeeland, the land of kiwi, is crafted out of kiwi fruit. The map of Africa is made of bananas and plantains. South Africa is covered in citrus, while the United States are made of a dazzling array of corn products. We can see even popcorn and corn chips on it. Of course, China is made wholly out of noodles, while France dazzles with its classic bread and cheese covers. In addition, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland are made of deliciously looking biscuits.
“These maps are a playful representation of our interpretation of food from around the world, painstakingly created with real unadulterated food,” the two artists pointed out on their website where they talked about their maps.
What is more, the maps not only show the iconic foods that belong to each region, but also “show how food has traveled the globe, transforming and becoming part of the cultural identity of that place.” For example, although tomatoes are not indigenous to Italy, we would be hard pressed to imagine their cuisine without them.
Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves said their love for travelling inspired them to make these maps. What do you think of these magnificent maps made of iconic foods?
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