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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fruit And Vegetable Carvings.

Creative juices are flowing: The incredible carvings painstakingly crafted from fruit and vegetables

With steady hand and painstaking concentration, this artist applies the finish touches to his latest spectacular work.
But this sculpture of an eagle is created using a medium many conventional artists may not have considered - fruit and vegetables.
Using a mixture of fruits, the bird was created by Russian vegetable carver Vadim Nefedjev during yesterday's round of competition at the first ever European carving competition in Leipzig in eastern Germany.

The competition, which has 26 individual competitors and 11 teams, is part of the 'Gaeste' Trade Fair in the city - which caters for the restaurant, hotel and catering business.
His eagle creation was in competition with carvers from nine different countries.
They included Czech chef Radek Vach, who created a staggering depiction of a Viking's head using only a pumpkin.
Another entrant was Winifried Karras who represented Germany, but chose to centre his piece around a carving of an Asian beauty on a melon.

Most fruit and vegetables were used at some point, with one entrant choosing to create a pair of frogs using nothing but a cucumber and strategically place pieces of carrot.
And another saw a penguin crafted from an aubergine, with the designer even crafting a pair of glasses from a carrot.
The pictures here come from the two days of individual competition.
Saturday's entrants had to create two pieces to be used for two cocktails and a plate of vegetables measuring around 30cm in diameter.

And yesterday saw competitors asked to make a show piece to go before the judges.
Within a four hour time limit they had to make the piece using a selection of melons, papayas, cabbages, cucumbers, radish and carrots and pumpkins.

Tomorrow's competition involves teams of three again being given four hours to create a blend of fruit and vegetable carvings of specific locations.
The European competition was founded by China's Xiang Wang, who has been crowned World Champion on two occasions.

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