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Mona Lisa recreated with cups of coffee

art and culture Updated: Aug 05, 2009 17:59 IST
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The Mona Lisa has been recreated with 3,604 cups of coffee and 564 pints of milk.

Made for The Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney, Australia, the masterpiece measures an impressive 20 feet high and 13 feet wide and took a team of eight people three hours to complete, reports The Telegraph.

Elaine Kelly, from event organisers the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, was delighted with the result.

She said: "Each coffee cup was filled with varying amounts of milk to create the different sepia shades of the painting.

"We wanted to create an element of surprise and a sense of fun in the way we engaged with the public.

"Once we had the idea of creating an image out of coffee cups we searched for something iconic to reproduce - and opted for the most iconic painting in history.

"The Mona Lisa has been reproduced so many times in so many different mediums but, as far as we know, never out of coffee.
The result was fantastic.

"After much planning it was great to see if coming together so well and the 130,000 people who attended the event certainly enjoyed it."

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

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