Your Morning Cereal Has Never Looked So Delish!


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Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals have come a long way since Denver businessman Henry Drushel Perky introduced Shredded Wheat (1893) and Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his brother William Keith Kellogg created Granose Flakes (1804) and Corn Flakes (1895), respectively. Not only is today's cereal much more decadent, but it is also, quite colorful. This, is what Ernie Button set out to explore and highlight with his rather unusual photography collection that he cheekily calls 'Cerealism'.

The Arizona-based artist who has been working on this fun project off and on for almost ten years says that the theme of each of his realistic looking landscape images depends on the cereals he comes across. Many of the earthier, that is, those that contain bran or fiber, are perfect against backdrops of the Arizona desert, while the more colorful ones fit in better with other natural environments.

Over the years, he has created dunes from Grapenuts, bales of hay from Shredded Wheat and even used Bran sticks to depict the barren desert. His vivid imagination has stretched all the way to Egypt with 'Cheeramids' - Pyramids created from Cheerios and even under the seas using the Clownfish from Kellogg's limited edition of Finding Nemo cereal. However, one of the most outstanding one is Ernie's 'Cerealsitic' depiction of the Grand Canyon - Two rocks of French Toast cereal with a flaky blue river flowing in between - Yum!

The artist say that the time he spends creating each landscape varies - Some, like the pyramids which required him to painstakingly glue every Cheerio individually, took about a week. Others, like the one that featured the Clownfish was just a day's work. Gives one a whole new perspective on cereal doesn't it?


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  • apolloFriday, November 7, 2014 at 9:47 am
    i wish i could have breakfast, breakfast, and breakfast! (takes a spoonful of choco puffs) om
    • Purple4Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:34 am
      I love cereal that i eat it every morning!!!!!!!!!!
      • IFriday, May 9, 2014 at 4:59 am
        epically cool
        • nevawithoutaboo
          nevawithoutabooFriday, April 25, 2014 at 11:15 pm
          Wow that is so amazing! I should do this on Saturdays and Sundays with my friend ( though we may eat most of the cereal, :p,) But We would need to save up hmm....
          • OMGTuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:24 pm
            I want to eat every thing !!!!!!!!
            • CatherineFriday, February 21, 2014 at 8:37 am
              I love Cheerios yumm I wonder what happens if I take a Cheerios out of that stack hmmmm?
              • AmgWednesday, December 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm
                • christinah
                  christinahWednesday, April 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm
                  Omg cereal was never this epic
                  • ainem
                    ainemWednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm
                    I want to eat his set-ups! Lol
                    • sreelu
                      sreeluTuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:56 am
                      i agrre
                    • sparkling5
                      sparkling5Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm
                      never thought cereal would be so interesting