Sony Pictures cancelled the release of a madcap comedy about North Korea that triggered threats from hackers

Princess Charlene of Monaco has revealed that the royal twins born last week were delivered by cesarean section

Rugby icons immortalised in toast

2011-09-14 10:18
 
Wellington - Are you a South African rugby fan with R85 000 to spend and a passion for art?

If so, there's an art portrait of the late Danie Craven made of about 4 000 small pieces of toast for sale in New Zealand's capital city.

The artist is Maurice Bennett, also known as The Toastman, who specialises in creating art from toast. Bennett created five portraits to celebrate the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand  of whom he believes was the best rugby players of all time.

Together with Craven, there are huge portraits of Colin Meads, Richie McCaw (both New Zealand), Jean-Pierre Rives (France) and Gareth Edwards (Wales).

Braai

"I know there will be controversy around my choices. Maybe it's my patriotism that made me choose two New Zealanders," Bennett said.

"There are positive and negative views of Danie Craven in New Zealand, but an objective view of his ability as a player, coach and administrative record makes him one of rugby's greats."

The art portraits are on display in the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts at Wellington's waterfront .

Where did the inspiration come from to create art from toast? "I had the idea during a braai in the backyard. I paged through a magazine while I was braaiing wors. There was a photograph of the artist Chuck Close and I said to myself 'it can be done with pieces of toast'.

"I started to make toast and lay it on the carpet in the living ..."

Breakfast

Bennett preserve the toast by soaking it in poly-urethane. "It's a very lengthy process, but means that the bread will last forever."

Bennett worked from an old photo of Craven to create the portrait.

"I hope a South African will come and buy it!" For how much? "Around R85 000".

"There is already talk that the portrait of either McCaw or Meads will go to the rugby museum in Palmerston North," Bennett added.

He says he doesn't get hungry when he's busy with his art, but eats toast for breakfast every morning.

Several of his artworks can be seen on his website, www.mauricebennett.co.nz.


- Die Burger

Read more on:    art  |  rugby world cup 2011
NEXT ON CHANNEL24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Recent News

South Africa's first Miss World, of 56 years ago, Penny Coelen-Rey, is annoyed, to say the least. Read More »

"South Africa, this is for you," SA beauty Rolene Strauss has said after being crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in London. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.