Behold Amazing Cocktail Art Inspired by Dalí, Mondrian, and Van Gogh

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Now that latte art is practically de rigueur, today’s beverage artisans are reaching for ever more ambitious sources of inspiration. New to the market are cocktails decorated to look like actual works of art by Dalí, Van Gogh, and Mondrian. These painted creations at Hong Kong’sArtesian lounge inside the Langham Hotel take cocktail art into new, more literal territory. According to Blouin Art Info, bartender Rajendra Limbu created the trio of drinks, suspended a layer of egg white foam on the top, and used a paint brush and palate to decorate each in a delicate homage to the masters of surrealism, impressionism, and cubism.

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For the recreation of Vincent Van Gogh’s post-impressionist Starry Night, Limbu used Blue Curacao, mole bitters, Frangelico, and rum. The drink that looks like Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memorydisplays a painted, melting clock both atop the drink (a mixture of mezcal, orange liqueur, and ginger liqueur) and on the side of the glass. Finally, Piet Mondrian’s cubist imagery sits atop a concoction made from saffron gin, chartreuse, elderflower, grenadine, and lemon bitters, a stark, herbaceous blend meant to highlight the organized world, colorful world of Mondrian.

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Limbu put the drinks on his menu in advance of Art Basel Hong Kong, which kicks off on March 21.

Any barman can whip up a pisco sour dashed with a drop of angostura bitters. Will painted cocktails hit bars stateside? We can only hope.

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Designer turns Mondrian painting into a playable pong game

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Designer turns mondrian painting into a playable pong game
Omage courtesy of b3ta

In response to a brief set by online creative community b3ta to ‘turn famous works of art into video games’, a member submitted a short gif illustrating an imagined sport called ‘pongdrian’. upon seeing the animation, designer and programmer kristiana hansen decided to actualize the idea, turning the moving image into a playable computer game.

‘Mondripong 1.2′ — playable here — brings together piet mondrian’s primary color palette and geometric lines with one of the oldest virtual arcade games. hansen has modeled the size and position of the elements after the original animated gif, above, but colored the paddles in blue and red for opposing teams, and the pink pong ball yellow. in future versions, the designer intends to improve collision detection, make the game controllable on a phone or tablet, and add a responsive layout so it can adapt to smaller screens.