By Staff

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has commissioned an art installation depicting Dubai’s famous skyline and iconic buildings made entirely out of food.

1The unique work, which represents the city’s growing profile as a gastronomy destination, was created by UK-based food artist Paul Baker and is on display at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) in London, UK, ahead of being shipped to Dubai to be on display during the Dubai Food Festival, which takes place February 6-28, 2015.

Commenting on the installation, Baker said: “To be asked to create a foodscape model of Dubai was an honour and a huge challenge. We had to incorporate as many landmark buildings and geological features as possible, all made from food that wouldn’t deteriorate. We needed to find produce and food stuffs that not only wouldn’t wilt, smell or decompose but could actually look like buildings. After all, fresh produce is not normally square or rectangular in form. The challenge was to design and construct interesting and recognisable buildings from organic-looking shapes.”

Baker headed a team of six, made up of his best model makers. Together, they spent three hard weeks to create the spectacular foodscape, problem solving at every turn. More info