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article imageBilly Connolly turned into 'neeps and tatties' for his birthday

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 23, 2010 in Entertainment
Glasgow - The Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, otherwise known as the Big Yin, has been turned into a big turnip by a London photographer-turned-foodscape artist.
The artist, Carl Warner, was inspired to make a sculpture of Connolly's face – entirely out of Scottish food ingredients, such as "neeps" and "tatties" (i.e., "swedes" and "potatoes") – after seeing the comedian’s stand-up routine.
In the past, Warner has used all sorts of foodstuffs – fruit and vegetables, cheeses, breads, fish, meat and grains – to create a variety of creative foodscapes.
Previous masterpieces include: the London skyline, made entirely of fruit; a ham-and-salami mountain landscape; and a stormy sea, made of red cabbage and radicchio, complete with a fishing boat made out of marrow.
The 47-year-old Liverpool-born artist has also recently had published a book, Carl Warner’s Food Landscapes.
Speaking to the Scottish Herald, Warner said:
Due to his fine Scottish heritage, I wanted to use food and ingredients that were typically Scottish, and although I know he is a vegetarian, haggis was a ‘must have’ ingredient, plus it has the right colour and texture for skin.
Neeps and tatties took care of his nose, hair, beard and tash, and a tartan jacket was made from bacon and cucumber.
The "Billy Connolly" creation took Warner two days to complete, and was unveiled to mark the Connolly’s 68th birthday, which is tomorrow, 24 November.
In August, Connolly received the Freedom of the City from Glasgow City Council, which it awards to 'persons of distinction or persons who have rendered eminent service to the city'.
And earlier this month, Connolly was in the news when he revealed that he'd once been considered for the lead role in Doctor Who.
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