The Mona Lisa Takes Her Coffee With Cream

Originally published on August 10, 2011 7:39 am
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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Australians created a work of art that can inspire you, and also keep you awake. At a festival in Sydney, they recreated the Mona Lisa using coffee. They placed 3,000 cups of coffee on the ground in a giant rectangle, and they created different shades in the black-and-white image by adding different amounts of milk to each cup. She's got that famous, mysterious smile. Maybe it turns out the smile means cream and sugar, please.

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