Art is good enough to eat on Culture Night
From 'edible art' to musical carrots, Arts Editor Sophie Gorman gives her top picks for Culture Night
A BUST of Oscar Wilde made of cake, a bodice made of cabbage and green beans and a sketch by a brother of Martin 'The General' Cahill are among the quirky artworks on show this evening as hundreds of venues nationwide open their doors for Culture Night 2013.
An estimated 350,000 people are expected to take part in this year's event, the biggest since it began in 40 venues in Dublin in 2006.
It has now grown to more than 200 venues in Dublin alone and close to 1,000 in 34 towns and cities on both sides of the Border.
The Doorway Gallery in Dublin's South Frederick Street has commissioned 50 bakers and confectioners to produce "edible art".
Spectators can also see the work of Hungarian artist Magda Toth, who sculpts with fruit and vegetables.
Featured at the gallery is a charcoal sketch of a young man by Eddie Cahill, the brother of murdered criminal Martin, who learned to paint in Portlaoise Prison.
Other highlights include a hedge school workshop on how to make sculptures in Offaly, a fruit and vegetable orchestra with instruments made of carrots in Belfast and circus workshops in Cork.
Dublin Bus will provide free buses every 20 minutes to locations around the city from Bachelor's Walk, Aston Quay and Trinity College.
See culturenight.ie for a full list of events