The Wonderful World of Food Maps by Hargreaves and Levin

These beautiful maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin caught my eye with their beautiful use of colour, pattern and awesome design (Typography by Sarit Melmed). They might seem fairly normal at first, but look more closely and you’ll notice that each map* is made up of very carefully aligned pieces of food, and food that’s closely related to the country/continent* it represents!

Inspired by travel and a fun interpretation of food from around the world, Food Maps was created by Hargreaves and Levin with 100% real food. Take the time to watch the video of the behind the scenes action right at the bottom of this post – it’s well worth seeing how Hargreaves and Levin painstakingly assembled these things of beauty.

Have a look at all the maps* below. I wonder how a Singaporean version might have turned out? There would be a lot of food choices that’s for sure!

Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - China
Naturally China is made up of all sorts of noodle
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - UK
UK and Ireland is all yummy biscuit
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - UK Close Up
Behind the scenes of the yummy biscuit creation!
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - India
India is rather spicy
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - Japan
Can you guess what it’s made up of? That’s seaweed!
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - France
The one time France is happy to be called Cheesy
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - Africa
Africa is made up of bananas and plantains
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - Australia
Australia is made up of various shrimp – I love how they positioned all the shrimp, one of my favourites of the lot!
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - New Zealand
Henry Hargreaves hails from New Zealand, and of course it’s made up solely of kiwi fruit!
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - New Zealand WIP
Here’s how New Zealand was built from kiwis
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - South America
South America is all types of yummy citrus
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - USA
USA consists of all types of corn and where Caitlin Levin hails from
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - USA Close Up
Close up of the corn
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - Italy
The iconic boot shape of Italy is made up of tomatoes!
Food Maps by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin - behind the scenes
Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin assembling Italy

Photos used with permission by Henry Hargreaves

Is your country listed? What food should your country be made out of?

*EDIT: Since a commentor pointed it out, I changed ‘country’ to better reflect that Africa and South America are not individual countries. Thank you and I take the point that it was inaccurate and apologize if anyone was offended, but I hope you looked at these beautiful artworks and had more to take away from it than my semantic error.

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6 comments to The Wonderful World of Food Maps by Hargreaves and Levin

    • well neither is South America if you really want to fuss about all that~

      Thanks for pointing it out anyway, I edited it accordingly and sincerely apologize if anyone was offended, but I hope you looked at these beautiful artworks and had more to take away from it than my semantic error.

    • Thanks Sara, well I guess by using physical 3D food, getting in the finer details might be a bit tough so they might have taken some artistic license with it. Still a beautiful artwork anyway 🙂

  1. The map of India is inaccurate and looks stunted since it omits important northern and north eastern states (Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh). This is surprising considering minor islands like the Lakshwadeep were included.

    • Thanks for your comment robbphoenix, I guess we can only hope that the artists took some artistic license with the map, or ran out of suitable spices for their artwork 😛

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