Sep. 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM ET
Food sculptor Paul Baker was commissioned by the Beefeater Grill UK restaurant chain to recreate the iconic photo with cuisine from the eatery’s menu. The resulting art is made with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, croissants, crumpets, hash browns, toast, fresh and dried fruit, and, of course, cereal.
“To celebrate our breakfast menu, we wanted to do something to mark an amazing year for Great Britain," spokesman Sam Vaughan said. "And what is more British than The Beatles crossing Abbey Road? After a 'Hard Day’s Night,' a hearty breakfast is the best way to start the day and we hope that the variety we offer at Beefeater Grill will keep our customers coming back for more!”
In addition to promoting the restaurant, the appetizing canvas also serves to honor the 50th anniversary of the first time The Beatles recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
According to UK newspaper The Sun, it took a total of four days and three assistants for Baker to put the piece together, and he paid such close attention to detail that he even took into consideration Paul McCartney’s strict vegetarian diet.
“It was a challenge to find the best way to create Paul McCartney – we wanted to stick to his vegetarian preferences,” Baker said. “After trying out a few different things, we decided mushrooms were the best way to go.”
From the looks of things, the rest of the guys were built with heartier proteins: John Lennon out of eggs, Ringo Starr with bacon and George Harrison with sausages.
The artwork, dubbed “Let it Bean,” is not the first food-concocted painting Baker’s made. His other works of art include Prince William and Kate Middleton kissing on the Buckingham Palace balcony; Winston Churchill holding up the peace sign; and the Queen’s coronation in 1953.
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