While candy is fun, colorful, and anything but serious, food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves were excited by the challenge to take it to the next level. And that’s why they created gingerbread architectures that replicated worldwide art museums. The images were shown at Dylan’s candy bar in Miami. Above: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York – Frank Lloyd Wright Icing, Gingerbread, Cotton Candy, Candy wrappers, licorice, sugar.
Art Basel seemed like the perfect place to showcase their ability to turn something traditional (gingerbread houses) on its head and reinvent the medium. Seeing that they would be part of an art festival, recreating iconic art galleries and museums from around the globe seemed fitting. Above: Maxxi – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts – Rome – Zaha Hadid Gingerbread, hard candy, lollipop sticks.
An interest in architecture spurred a focus on recreating graphic architectural images shot in black and white, while also being a deliberate antidote to the vivid colors and sweetness often associated with the medium. Above: The Louvre – Paris – Pyramid extension, I.M.Pei Gingerbread, hard candy, licorice.
How does one make the Louvre’s glass pyramid from candy? What is the best method to strengthen thousands of candy brick to turn them into the support walls of the MAS Antwerp? How to model the curved walls of Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi in Rome?
Above: Karuizawa Museum – Nagano – Yasui Hideo Chocolate, gingerbread, rohardck candy, cotton candy, sour flush.
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In the end however, these beautiful and fun images emerged, a little bit fine art and a pinch of Candyland. Above: Tate Modern – London – modern extensions, Herzog & de Meuron Gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, bubble gum.
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Photos: courtesy of Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves – All Candy from Dylan’s Candy Store