U.K.: Food artist recreates iconic Rio skyline with fruit and vegetables
Rio de Janeiro's famous skyline has been recreated by a food artist using more than 47 kilograms of fruit supplied by discount supermarket Aldi, a partner of the British Olympic Team GB.
Ahead of this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Aldi has been helping athletes fuel up on fresh fruit with discounts on a range of produce to spend in U.K. stores in the run up to the Games.
Since the partnership was announced last year, more than 650 athletes have signed up to the scheme and to mark the occasion, the supermarket commissioned Prudence Staite to produce an image of Rio’s skyline made out of 30 different types of fruit and vegetables.
"This was a really challenging brief to recreate such an iconic skyline that incorporates so many different elements, from the more intricate details of the buildings, to giving variation to the vast blue ocean," Staite says.
"Thankfully, Aldi has a wealth of fresh fruit and vegetables meaning we could have a lot of fun creating the various colors and shades required."
Bananas, yellow peppers, bunches of red grapes, plums and blueberries make up the image of Christ the Redeemer, while Sugarloaf Mountain consists of melon, pineapple, potatoes, broccoli, rosemary and basil.
"At Aldi, we’re incredibly proud to be the first supermarket to partner with Team GB," Aldi’s joint managing director of corporate buying says.
"Our mission has always been to provide our customers with the best quality products at everyday low prices. We’re delighted with how many of the nation’s athletes have signed up to this initiative."
In recent months, several athletes such as rugby player James Rodwell, synchronized swimmer Genevieve Randall and lightweight rower Ellie Piggott, have been spotted in Aldi stores across the U.K., picking up their fruit and vegetables.
"The support of Aldi is vital in ensuring that our athletes heading to Rio are as best prepared for the Games as they can be and feel a great wave of support knowing that the nation is with them, inspiring them to achieve great performances at Rio 2016."