Tuesday 19 October 2010

How to toast your mother in law

The world’s largest toast mosaic was created last Sunday by Laura Hadland in honour of her mother in law’s 50th birthday. The mosaic measures 32 feet and 8 inches by 42 feet image (about the size of a giant squid).

As the record breaking mosaic was a surprise, it is unlikely that Laura Hadland obtained her mother in law (Sandra Whitfield)’s permission before embarking on such a feat of edible artistry. What about Mrs Whitfield’s image rights? How did she feel at being reduced to toast? Whilst unlikely to sue her daughter in law there is a salient lesson for all artists: before embarking on a new work of art (record breaking or otherwise) it is always worth considering do I have the sitter’s permission?

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