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Big cheese carving celebrates U.S. Independence Day
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/3/08 | Claudia Parsons

Posted on 07/03/2008 11:35:49 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sculpture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence made from a one-tonne block of cheddar cheese glistened on the sidewalk of Times Square in New York on Thursday as an artist's tribute to the Fourth of July.

"It's very patriotic, using the signing of the Declaration of Independence, bringing Americans together for the Fourth," said Troy Landwehr, who carved the sculpture for cracker company Cheez-It to celebrate U.S. Independence Day.

He worked eight hours a day for a week in a 40-degree cooler carving the block of Wisconsin cheddar.

"The cheddar has been pasteurized and will not melt," Landwehr said. "What I spray on it is cooking oil and that stops it from drying out and cracking," he said. "That's why it looks sweaty. It actually preserves the cheese."

The replica of an iconic painting by John Trumbull shows John Adams, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin and others standing around a table signing the historic document.

The work is not the first time Landwehr has recreated U.S. history with cheese. Last year he carved a cheese version of Mount Rushmore, which depicts U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abe Lincoln.

This year he took on another version of America's first "big cheeses" -- Trumbull's oil painting, which hangs in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol and shows 42 of the 56 signatories of the 1776 Declaration of Independence from Britain.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: carving; celebrates; cheese; independenceday

Pedestrians peek at a rendition of the signing of the Declaration of Independence carved out of 2000 lbs (900kg) of cheese by Troy Landwehr in New York, July 3, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson


1 posted on 07/03/2008 11:35:50 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Have a safe and sane 4th of July week-end All!


2 posted on 07/03/2008 11:36:36 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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A security guard peers at a rendition of the signing of
the Declaration of Independence carved out of2000 lbs (900kg)
of cheese by Troy Landwehr in New York, July 3, 2008.
(Lucas Jackson/Reuters)


3 posted on 07/03/2008 11:39:37 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Looks like Gub’mint Cheese


5 posted on 07/03/2008 11:40:21 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: NormsRevenge
We finally have an answer to the age-old question: "Who cut the cheese?"

Apparently, it was Troy Landwehr.

6 posted on 07/03/2008 11:41:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: Bacon Man; Hap; Allegra; humblegunner; Diana in Wisconsin

So much cheese, so little time ...


7 posted on 07/03/2008 11:42:00 AM PDT by Xenalyte (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~)
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To: NormsRevenge
Nothing says "America" like big numbers of people assembling to cut the cheese.


8 posted on 07/03/2008 11:43:16 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: Xenalyte

Security Guard: “Think anyone would notice a bite out of Franklin’s ample @ss?”

Sweaty cheese. No, thanks! :)


9 posted on 07/03/2008 11:45:02 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Two of my favorite things ... my country, and cheese. I approve.

I have never understood describing something as “cheesy” as a derision. In my experience, something being truly cheesy is almost NEVER a bad thing.

H


10 posted on 07/03/2008 11:46:06 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor (Jack Bauer for President '08 -- All the world's terrorists hate him. Sounds like a fair fight.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It looks like they’re standing in line for the Port-a-Potty...which is what many will be doing on the 4th anyway, LOL!


11 posted on 07/03/2008 11:46:39 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; All
We hold cheese truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Bratwurst,Beer, and the pursuit of local gals.
12 posted on 07/03/2008 11:50:40 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Free cheese for all. The sculpture has to be a DemoRAT


13 posted on 07/03/2008 12:05:28 PM PDT by cla62
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To: cla62

Only if he used gubmint cheese.
It could be free market cheese.


14 posted on 07/03/2008 12:07:41 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: NormsRevenge

I hope the security guard doesn’t have to chase anyone down. A bunch of people standing around cutting cheese? I think I’ll pass...no wait, bad choice of words.


15 posted on 07/03/2008 12:08:54 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: NormsRevenge

One ton block of cheddar cheese?

Great, now I’m starving.


16 posted on 07/03/2008 12:31:13 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (Truth: The anti-drug war.)
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To: NormsRevenge
A Terrorist attack with weapons of mass-consumption was thwarted by police, reports said...


17 posted on 07/03/2008 12:46:39 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Hemorrhage
You and me both, my man. I could so go for some Cahill's Porter right now.


18 posted on 07/03/2008 1:07:28 PM PDT by Xenalyte (~ ~ FREE LAZAMATAZ! ~ ~)
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To: Hemorrhage; Xenalyte; Bacon Man; Hap
I have never understood describing something as “cheesy” as a derision.

Yes, things described as "cheesy" can be heavenly.


19 posted on 07/03/2008 5:27:04 PM PDT by Allegra (If you lived here, you'd be home by now.)
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To: NormsRevenge

That will go good with fire ..........crackers !


20 posted on 07/03/2008 5:32:45 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: NormsRevenge

I like cheese!


21 posted on 07/03/2008 5:35:56 PM PDT by DaveMSmith (If you know these things, you are blessed if you act upon them. John 13:17)
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