Five Best Donut-Inspired Artworks to Celebrate National Donut Day

It's National Donut Day. Here's a roundup of the best art inspired by this delicious treat.

It's National Donut Day. Didn't know there was such a thing? Turns out this American "holiday" was created by the Salvation Army to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers in World War I. During a mission in France in 1917, shortly after the United States entered the war, about 250 "donut lassies"—female Salvation Army volunteers—provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines. To actually make the donuts, Salvation Army's Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers' helmets.

So in honor of this tradition, bakeries around the country give out free donuts every year on National Donut Day. But since not everyone will have a chance to indulge in such a delicious ritual, here's a roundup of our favorite donut-inspired artwork. It all looks almost as delightful as the real thing (and you don't have to worry about your waistline).

Banksy via Taylor Gallery

Eric Joyner

Knitted donuts by Joy Kampia O'Shell

Kenny Scharf via Honor Fraser Gallery

Matt Groening via The Simpsons