Hello, Jell-O: When Architecture Meets Foodie Culture
October 11, 2012
Yesterday, we posted about Geraldo Zamproni and his “Volatile Structure” series currently on display in New York City as part of “Art in Odd Places”. Now, we bring you another series of works, replacing the odd “places” with “materials” and crafted out of perhaps one of the most volatile materials known to man. If you haven’t figured it out yet (even though the pictures do make it rather obvious) we are of course talking about Jell-O, with the (tasty?) gelatinous treat serving as the prime medium of choice for San Francisco-based Liz Hickok. Okay, we’re open to a lot of different things, but Jell-O might not be exactly what we had in mind when we developed the Materials category for the Architizer A+ Award.
As a part of her ongoing series, Hickok crafts everything from iconic structures such as the Statue of Liberty and the Bay Bridge to entire cityscapes out of the gooey material. Inspired by the “geological uncertainties” of her immediate surroundings, Hickok’s gelatinous landscapes share a fragile, almost ephemeral nature, as permanent architectural structures dissolve leaving behind not footprint. Memories of the structures are all that exist, present in only the artist’s photos and videos of the tasty treat.