Gingerbread and Candy Art Galleries

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. 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. 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. Like most projects taken on by the two Caitlin and Henry were met with their share of challenges, how does one make the Louvre’s glass pyramid from candy, and what is the best method to strengthen thousands of candy brick to turn them into the support walls of the MAS Antwerp or curve the walls of Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi in Rome. In the end however, these beautiful and fun images emerged, a little bit fine art and a pinch of Candyland.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York – Frank Lloyd Wright
Icing, Gingerbread, Cotton Candy, Candy wrappers, licorice, sugar

The Louvre – Paris – Pyramid extension, I.M.Pei
Gingerbread, hard candy, licorice

Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS) – Antwerp – Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Gingerbread, lego candy, hard candy, sesame candy, chocolate, bubble gum, sour rolls

Maxxi – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts – Rome – Zaha Hadid
Gingerbread, hard candy, lollipop sticks

Tate Modern – London – modern extensions, Herzog & de Meuron
Gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, bubble gum

Museo Soumaya – Mexico City – Fernando Romero
Candy balls, gingerbread, sour rolls, taffy

Karuizawa Museum – Nagano – Yasui Hideo
Chocolate, gingerbread, rohardck candy, cotton candy, sour flush

By Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin. All Candy from Dylan’s Candy Store