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Cheese artist creates bed of ham
Cosimo Cavallaro and his bed of ham
Cosimo Cavallaro sliced 140kg of ham for the artwork
A US artist who once painted a house with tonnes of mozzarella cheese has covered a bed with slices of processed ham for his latest work.

Artist Cosimo Cavallaro unveiled the piece at a gallery at the Roger Smith Hotel in Manhattan on Thursday.

Mr Cavallaro sliced 140kg of ham and placed it on the bed. The ham will be kept in the air-conditioned gallery for two days.

"I feel like I am back in my mother's deli," Mr Cavallaro said.

The installation took three-and-a-half hours to build.

Mr Cavallaro, 41, said he was not concerned about attracting a pest problem. "They are welcome," he said. "Imagine what this looks like from the point of view of an insect."

Whetting appetites

The artists said he had often spent his summer holidays slicing ham at his mother's delicatessen in Montreal, Canada.

He said he had asked his mother not to come to the installation. "She would want to get in on the act," he said.

Local deli owners said they were getting more customers because the installation had whetted people's appetites.

He said he had decided to use processed ham because it was "a pure form of America: all kinds of parts, boiled and pressed together".

"The smells bring you back to unexpected places," he said. "It's very special."

In 2001 Mr Cavallaro painted a house in Powell, Wyoming, with several tonnes of cheese.




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