Weird and Wonderful Chocolate Art
Most of us would argue that chocolate itself is an art form... but others have taken it further, to create actual chocolate art.
The idea of chocolate as art has popped repeatedly into the heads of X-choc aficionados all over the world, though it hasn't caught on in a big way, for obvious reasons. Let's take a look at a couple of recent manifestations.
In a province of Spain called Catalan, there's a widespread tradition of making chocolate figurines for Easter. (They also have a beloved little Christmas figurine called The Caganer -- look it up.) Well, one fellow in a little town called Berga was so enamored of the Rolling Stones that, in 2010, they became his models.
For Easter that year, master chocolatier Alberto Pujol, of the pastry shop Dolceria Pujol, carved about 145 pounds of chocolate into large and quite recognizable figurines of rock legends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. In fact, to this writer's eyes, chocolate Richards looked better than he does in real life. (Sorry, Keith.)
The figurines were in full color and lifelike poses; take a look. No word on what happened to them, but we figure that were a lot of happy Rolling Stones fans in town that Easter.
By the way: this year, Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies had center stage in Pujol's window.
A Room to Die For
Not to be outdone, a Lithuanian strip mall put together a special space for Valentine's Day 2011: a traditional Lithuanian sitting room made entirely of dark and white chocolate. Almost everything in there is chocolate: the walls, table and chairs, flowers and candles, dishes, utensils and food, even the pet cat!
The roses in particular are exquisitely well done. Only the floor broke the theme: it appears to have been made of plain wood. Oh, well. Check it out.
Surprisingly, this work of edible art required only about 660 pounds worth of chocolate to create. It measured 17 square meters (roughly 183 square feet), so it wasn't huge -- but it was as big as most dining rooms. It's the work of sculptor Mindaugas Tendziagolskis and his assistants.
On International Women's Day, March 8, the display was broken into pieces and eaten by visitors -- an excellent fate for any piece of chocolate art, wouldn't you say?