Chocolate Sculpture: Combining Chocolate and Art

If you love chocolate, what better art form than chocolate sculpture?

Believe it or not, chocolate sculpture is actually quite a common and respected art form. When you think about it, it makes sense: chocolate is a flexible, highly moldable material. Those Easter bunnies we get every year are actually instances of chocolate sculpture themselves (albeit not very artistic -- most of them come from molds).

Certain artists, though, make beautiful and unique sculptures from chocolate -- and while they work, they get to munch on their chosen media. Try doing that with clay!

A Real and Living Art Form

These days, chocolate sculpture isn't just for wedding centerpieces. As artists find more and more diverse ways to present their work, chocolate sculpture has become an accepted form of contemporary art. Of course, many people still do enjoy chocolate sculptures at weddings and formal banquets -- but few could afford the work of professional artists.

You can spot chocolate sculpture around the world and across the web. For example, Chocolate Work contains photographs of unique and compelling chocolate sculptures ranging in subject from Hopi kachinas (spiritual messengers) to an incredibly detailed castle.

Many famous locations use chocolate sculpture to showcase special aspects of their culture, region, or work. For example, if you visit the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory in Las Vegas, Nevada, you can see huge sculptures of dice and playing cards -- all made from chocolate!

Real Art Sparks Controversy

Some people refuse to classify anything as "real" art until it sparks controversy. Chocolate has reached that level. In March of 2007, Cavallaro, a food artist (he has created such bizarre "art" projects as covering a four-poster bed with 312 pounds of ham) created a life-size, anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ to display at a local hotel over Holy Week, the period leading up to the celebration of Easter.

Under intense fire from Catholic groups, the hotel closed the exhibit before it began. To this day, people argue about the chocolate Jesus: was it sweet or blasphemous?

New Art for a New World

People have long seen art as an expression of culture, world views, and changing societal mores. What does that say about using chocolate as a medium? Are we advancing an art form or just exposing our own cultural obsession with food?

Whatever you decide, you can't deny the beauty of this unique and delicious art form. Hit the net today and prepare to be amazed: chocolate sculpture is obviously here to stay!

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