Work of Art

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 Hello all

Here I am once again with a fascinating topic for you all. I couldn’t help myself with this one friends. Normally I would  use my own photographs for the Weekly Photo Challenge: ART but this week I happened to come across some works of art online made out of something quite unusual … SUGAR!

Yes indeed: SUGAR … and I wanted to share these wonderful sugar objects of art from New York.

You see, I follow a blog TheFitzyreport written by the Australian Gabrielle Fitzgerald who lives in New York. On May 16th she wrote a post called ‘Sweet Subtlety’ about her visit to the

Photo credit: Gabrielle Fitzgerald

Photo credit: Gabrielle Fitzgerald

disused sugar refinery to see this art collection before the building was demolished. Gabrielle writes:

“What has long been a hallmark in the midst of increasingly hirsute hipsters in Williamsburg is about to meet a sticky end. Domino’s, once the biggest sugar refinery in the world and a working colossus on the banks of the East River is about to be dismantled. The heritage facade will remain and luxury apartments will eventually grow in the voided historical space. But for a very short time, there is an opportunity to experience the genius of Kara Walker’s art in the contextual reality of the cavernous confectioner.”

Kara Walker has made object out of the moulds that were once used by Domino’s to make sugar sculptures. I enjoyed researching this topic and spent far too much reading all about Domino’s and also Kara Walker. Oh, sometimes writing on a blog has its own ‘sweet’ reward! Gabrielle says on her blog:

“The sugar sculptures that used to be part of refined society in medieval times suddenly morph into a giant sphinx, a sugar moma that takes your breathe away. She is huge, commanding and glistening. Thirty five tons of sugar were poured over her frame and moulded around her fabulous features.” More at:

Gabrielle’s post led me to another site, the title of the piece being,’The Sugar Sphinx’ by Hilton Als who writes:

“Measuring approximately seventy-five and a half feet long and thirty-five and a half feet high, the sculpture is white—a mammy-as-sphinx made out of bleached sugar, which is a metaphor and reality. Remember, sugar is brown in its “raw” state. Walker, in a very informative interview with Kara Rooney, says that she read a book called “Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History.”

There, she learned that sugar was such a commodity that, in the eleventh century, marzipan sculptures were created by the sultans in the East to give to the poor on feast days. This tradition made its way to Northern Europe, eventually, where royal chefs made sugar sculptures called subtleties.

Therefore dear friends, in order to celebrate the ART of SUGAR, I present to you:

At the behest of Creative Time Kara E. Walker has confected:

or the Marvelous Sugar Baby
an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant

The Sugar sphinx with the artist Kara Walker

The Sugar Sphinx with the artist Kara Walker (photo from New Yorker)

One of the dark children made out of sugar

One of the dark children made out of sugar (photo credit Gabrielle Fitzgerald)

Another dark child in the sugar refinery.

Another dark child in the sugar refinery.  (photo credit Gabrielle Fitzgerald)


The Sugar Spinx at Dominos surrounded by people.

The Sugar Spinx at Dominos surrounded by onlookers (photo credit Gabrielle Fitzgerald)

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