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Chip off the old clock: someone's re-created Big Ben out of chips

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Isabelle Aron

Since it started chiming its bells 157 year ago, many artists have paid tribute to Big Ben with detailed sketches and complex oil paintings – but it's not every day that someone creates an ode to our city's greatest clock using the humble chip.

Food artist Prudence Staite has used mayonnaise, ketchup, peppercorns and, of course, the mighty chip to recreate the scenes from the New Year’s Eve fireworks in London this year, and it looks pretty damn cool. The carb-heavy artwork is part of a 12-piece series made from over 2000 chips.

The artworks were commissioned by vinegar brand Sarsons, and show 12 defining moments from the year ahead – including a re-creation of Rio de Janeiro in honour of the Olympics and a slightly unorthodox portrait of Guy Fawkes made from chips, gravy and sausages. Who says you shouldn't play with your food?

See more of Prudence Staite's chip artwork:

Want to see the real deal? Read more about Big Ben

Or see London's landmarks transformed with paper cutouts 

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