A Feast for the Eyes -- Chocolate Art

The mouth-watering chocolate art of sculptor Peter Anton.

If you're as extreme about chocolate as I am, you might want to check out the larger-than-life chocolate art created by gifted sculptor Peter Anton, whose works have been exhibited in galleries around the world.

Anton practices "Giantism," in which the artist produces huge, realistic sculptures. He is especially known for his huge sculptures of sampler boxes of chocolates, along with giant ice cream cones and fudge bars. His chocolate art, made of wood, plaster, clay and other materials, looks so real you will be tempted to take a bite right out of the sculpture.

Using Humor and Irony

"Food brings people together and there is no better way to celebrate life," says Anton on his website. "Through the use of humor, scale, irony, and intensity in my forms, the foods we take for granted become aesthetically pleasing and seductive in atypical ways. I like to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise."

Anton's chocolate art does tease and surprise, and is likely to send you straight to the nearest chocolate shop, looking for a fix. His objects are whimsical, but realistic down to the tiniest detail: giant gumdrops have "sugar crystals" on them, and brightly colored sampler boxes include half-eaten chocolates and empty spaces of pleated paper where everyone's favorites are missing.

Partially Eaten Chocolates

Anton, who also creates sculptures of licorice whips, gummi fish, jawbreakers and even healthy fruits and vegetables, has mounted solo exhibits of his chocolate art at the Hammer Galleries ("How Sweet It Is!") and the Bruce R. Lewin Gallery ("King Size") in New York. He currently has an ongoing exhibition at Galerie Terminus in Munich, Germany. His work has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times and The New York Sun, and on the Food Network.

The New York Times calls Anton's art "an escape from the everyday." It's also a celebration of the food that can brighten an otherwise mundane day -- candy, a melting ice cream cone, an ornate gift box of chocolate.

View Peter Anton's website for more information about the sculptor and his chocolate art.

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