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10 Incredible Cakes That Look Like Different Foods

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or another momentous event, marking the occasion with a cake has become somewhat customary. Yet, sometimes an ordinary layer cake from the grocery store bakery just won’t do. Consider your father’s 50th birthday. He might be one mad burger connoisseur, traveling the nation and eating his way through cities both big and small in search of his dream patty. When it comes time to blow out the candles at his birthday celebration, what sort of cake are you going to wheel out? A burger of course.

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Hill of Witches, Lithuania

On one of the most beautiful and oldest parabolic dunes in Juodkrantė, Lithuania, the forest is alive with a vast array of fairy-tale creatures, witches, demons, kings, princesses, fisherman and devils. Known as the Hill of Witches (Raganų kalnas), this public trail through the woods takes visitors on a trip through the most well-known legends and stories in Lithuanian folk history.

Work began in 1979 on the sculpture park, and it now features over 80 different wooden carvings from local artists. Each beautifully hand-crafted sculpture depicts a popular character from folk and pagan traditions of Lithuania. The public park got its name long before the sculptures were placed along the wooded trails, and is in fact a reference to the pagan celebrations that take place on the hill during the Midsummer’s Eve Festival.

Each year on June 24th, people across Lithuania dance, sing and bring in the midsummer with the older folk traditions of the country. After Christianity came to Lithuania, the celebration was renamed Saint Jonas’ Festival, but many of the practices still have pagan roots, as echoed by the fantastic Hill of Witches sculptures.

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Spectacular Sand Sculptures

The Netherlands born artist, Susanne Ruseler, can sculpt anything with sand with amazing detail and dimension. Her sculptures include people, animals, mythological creatures, and inanimate objects. Ruseler has completed hundreds of intricate sand sculptures which are available for perusing on her Flickr page.

Ruseler started sand sculpting in 2003, when she was still studying biology. She discovered that she loves creating sculptures and began sculpting snow and ice as well. Since graduating, she has been sculpting full time as she travels around the world, participating mostly in events and some competitions. She has worked on events throughout Europe, Australia, South Korea, United States and Canada.

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Incredible Miniature Pencil Sculptures

Dalton Ghetti is a 52-year old carpenter from Bridgeport, Connecticut and, without the aid of a magnifying glass, has been carving incredible miniature sculptures for over 25 years. His idea is to bring people’s attention to small things. Most of the pencils Ghetti uses are found on the streets and sidewalks. He turns discarded objects into art.

The artist works by removing specks of graphite at a time and therefore it takes months or sometimes years to complete a sculpture. For Ghetti, sculpting pencils is a hobby and a form of meditation. His pencil carvings are not for sale as he doesn’t do it for money. He sculpts pencils mostly for himself and his art comes from his heart.

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Burnt Matchstick Art

These cleverly created creatures and shapes are the work of Russian artist and photographer Stanislav Aristov. Each one is a clever combination of burnt matches, smoke, flames, and just a touch of Photoshop. Stanislav says that the idea came to him completely by accident:

I was playing with a pack of matches while I was deciding what to photograph for a competition. It was while I was watching the match that I began to think of how it represents life. There is the burnt part representing the past, the smoke of memories left and the untouched part of the match the future.”

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Just for the Fun of It
Brock Davis is an award-winning, mixed-media artist and creative director with a knack for creating ground-breaking work. He is a regular contributing artist to the New York Times, Wired, Esquire, Fast Company, O Magazine and recently created the October 10, 2011 cover of Time magazine. His professional and personal work is viewed and shared millions of times over. 
The above works:
  • Exhibitionist Coffee Cup
  • Dark Side of the Doritos
  • Broccoli House
  • Boba Fett Invoice
  • Gummy Bearskin Rug

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