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Tiny Treats

An artist places miniature food sculptures in surprising locations

 Courtesy of Tiny Treats 

A sculptor who goes  by the name of SAM glues a tiny cheeseburger to a wall in Montreal, Canada.

If you go for a walk in Ottawa, Canada, you might pass something strange—a tiny lollipop sculpture stuck to the side of a pole!

Since 2016, a Canadian artist who goes by SAM (short for Street Art Miniature) has been sticking tiny treats, from cheeseburgers to pizza slices, around the cities she visits. “It’s my way of adding an unexpected surprise to the streets,” she says.

You might see something strange if you travel to Ottawa, Canada. A tiny lollipop sculpture is glued to a pole somewhere in the city!

The lollipop was made by a Canadian artist who goes by SAM. SAM is short for Street Art Miniature. She has been placing tiny treats around the cities she visits since 2016. Sometimes she sticks cheeseburgers to walls. Other times she glues pizza slices to street signs. “It’s my way of adding an unexpected surprise to the streets,” she says.

SAM began making miniature food after she received a polymer clay set as a gift. Polymer clay is a type of soft, colored clay. It hardens when baked.

SAM’s technique involves blending, painting, and sculpting with art tools. To mimic the texture of a slice of bread or a fried egg, she uses toothbrush bristles or foil to create tiny bumps and lines. “I’ve learned over the years that patience is important,” SAM says. “You can’t rush and expect your miniature to look realistic.”

Someone gave SAM a polymer clay set as a gift a few years ago. Polymer clay is a type of colored clay. It’s soft. But it becomes hard when you bake it. SAM used the clay to begin making miniature food.

SAM makes her miniatures by blending colors of clay and paint. She sculpts the clay into the shape of food using art tools. She uses toothbrush bristles or foil to create tiny bumps and lines in the clay. These lines and bumps mimic the texture of the food. “I’ve learned over the years that patience is important,” SAM says. “You can’t rush and expect your miniature to look realistic.”

Courtesy of Tiny Treats

Soon after creating her first miniatures, SAM began exploring the world of street art. Wherever she found a place that looked like it could use a pop of color, she glued a miniature there. So far, she has placed miniatures in four Canadian cities.

SAM posts pictures of her hidden treats on Instagram. She includes their locations so people can try to find them. “Some people have made new friends while looking for one of my miniatures,” SAM says. “I’ve been able to connect to my community in a way that I wasn’t able to do before.”

SAM began exploring street art soon after she created her first miniatures. She glued miniatures in places on the street that she thought could use a pop of color. She has placed miniatures in four Canadian cities so far.

SAM posts pictures of her hidden treats on Instagram. She includes their locations so people can try to find them. “Some people have made new friends while looking for one of my miniatures,” SAM says. “I’ve been able to connect to my community in a way that I wasn’t able to do before.”

Now You Try It

Use the fractional measurements in the table below to answer questions 1-4. You can draw number lines on a separate sheet of paper to help you solve.

Use the fractional measurements in the table below to answer questions 1-4. You can draw number lines on a separate sheet of paper to help you solve.

ITEM                                LENGTH

Toast                                3/4 in.

Bean                                1/16 in.

Ham slice                        1/4 in.

Mushroom                     1/8 in.

Egg                                  3/8 in.

Sausage                          6/8 in.

Tomato                           1/4 in.

ITEM                                LENGTH

Toast                                3/4 in.

Bean                                1/16 in.

Ham slice                        1/4 in.

Mushroom                     1/8 in.

Egg                                  3/8 in.

Sausage                          6/8 in.

Tomato                           1/4 in.

A. Which is longer—a bean or a mushroom?

B. Which is longer—a mushroom or a ham slice?

C. Order the ham slice, mushroom, and bean from longest to shortest.

A. Which is longer—a bean or a mushroom?

B. Which is longer—a mushroom or a ham slice?

C. Order the ham slice, mushroom, and bean from longest to shortest.

Order the egg, mushroom, and toast from shortest to longest.

Order the egg, mushroom, and toast from shortest to longest.

Order all 7 of the breakfast plate items from shortest to longest.

Order all 7 of the breakfast plate items from shortest to longest.

SAM paints her miniatures with a paintbrush tip that is 1/2 in. long. Which breakfast plate items are shorter than her brush tip?

SAM paints her miniatures with a paintbrush tip that is 1/2 in. long. Which breakfast plate items are shorter than her brush tip?

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