What do you mean you've never seen a model village or a life-size manatee made from butter?
Allow us to introduce you to a total gamechanger in the world of toast condiments: butter sculptures. Yes, you heard right – who knew the humble companion to crumpets and jacket potatoes could be used as an artistic-medium to create lifesize statues? There's even an annual event exhibiting these works of... er... butter in New York, for fellow butter sculpture enthusiasts to 'ahh' and 'ooh' over. Take a closer look for yourselves – we can't believe it is butter.
The Great New York State Fair hosts a yearly 12-day showcase of agriculture, entertainment, education and technology. One of the highlights, nay the highlight, is the revolving butter sculpture at the centre of the dairy products building, kept cold for the duration inside a huge glass refrigerator.
The butter sculpture has been a huge hit since the tradition started in 1969, and you can see why – the sculptures just get butter and butter (sorry).
Artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton have been responsible for the annual sculpture since 2003 and have carved everything from a flying cow over the moon to a floating manatee.
New York is not the only state to get in on the buttery action. Up and down the country people take their butter sculptures very, very seriously. Here's another one sculpted by Jim Victor – Manatee And Diver, at the Manatee Country Fair in Florida.
Here's Tribute To The Lunch Lady by Jim Victor and Marie Pelton. What happens to this inconceivable amount of butter once the annual event is over, you ask? Fear not, it doesn't melt into a sad yellow river of weird-looking waste. In fact, the butter is converted into useful biofuel for college buses.
In homage to New York, the Statue of Liberty stands tall in all her buttery glory.
Two-time Culinary World Cup winner Vipula Athukorale made this jaw-droppingly detailed World War One battlefield scene entirely out of pastry margarine. It only took him three weeks and a mere 20kg of the slippery stuff.
The Minnesota Dairy Princess Program crowns Princess Kay of the Milky Way every year, with all 12 finalists in the competition having a replica of their head carved in butter. Which they then get to take home.
And over in Ohio they've been busy making a life-size replica of the entire Ohio State Youth Choir, plus pianist.
Butter sculptors of America, we salute you!