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Kathryn Quinn

Art fans in Switzerland have been left baffled by a half-baked exhibition by a concept sculptor - made entirely of spuds.

The work - Potatoes by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone - features scores of the veggies grown in special bronze moulds made from the sculptor's ears, eyes, nose and mouth.

Penone then lays the bronze moulds on top of the spuds to symbolise the five human senses.

Some of his other works include a pile of twigs and a hollowed out log.

"The idea is to compare the eternal, the bronze, with the ephemeral, the potatoes," said one expert at the Basel Art Museum.

But one visitor said: "I thought I'd walked into the cafe kitchen by mistake. I have plenty of potatoes at home, I don't need to visit a gallery to see them."

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