February 24, 2011
Construction companies and world leaders are always trying to come up with solutions to constructing more sustainable buildings, why don’t they take a leaf out of Liz Hickok’s book, and build out of Jell-O?
In re-creating cities and famous American landmarks using Jell-O, the San-Francisco based artist, Liz Hickok, has created a fascinating new niche to emerge in the world of art, architecture, sculpture and construction. For the last six years, the highly exalted artist has been meticulously and ingeniously crafting cities and landmarks made from the popular American desert Jell-O, including a complete Jell-O recreation of New York City. The inventive sculpture includes the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty.
Other of Hickok’s great American Jell-O recreations include, Bay Bridge, City Hall, the White House, the Ferry Building and the whole of the skyline seen from Alcatraz. Although, unlike steel and aluminum, works-of-art made from gelatine do not last forever, and Hickok’s Jell-O architecture lasts until the gooey substance dissolves, after, of course, being photographed by the artist herself.
Naturally such an original and creative method of sculpture and architecture has received a phenomenal amount of interest both on Hickock’s home turf and abroad. The artist’s work, including her masterpieces prior to her Jell-O inventions, have been exhibited across America, as well as being included in international collections, such as the Ha’Kibbutz Israeli Art Gallery in Tel Aviv. The media like to take a keen interest in artists this inventive, and as a consequence of her Jell-O-inspired creations, Hickok and her work, has been covered by Harper’s, San Francisco Magazine and the New York Times.
If you want to see Jell-O like you have never seen it before and other of Liz Hickok’s artwork, until April 2011 you can visit the ‘Shadowshop’ exhibition at SFMOMA, fifth floor, San Francisco.
More information about this truly unique artist can be found at her website.