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EPHEMERAL ART: Fruit


Whatta melon carving!

Whatta melon carving!

Mom will tell you not to play with your food. But even the most persnickety parent wouldn’t complain if their kids made these gorgeous creations with their fruit. Here is a taste of some cool carvings and whimsical arrangements.
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Ephemeral Art: $11,000 Chocolate Egg


Jacques Torres is hoping to get $11,000 for his  New York City themed chocolate Easter egg.

Jacques Torres is hoping to get $11,000 for his New York City themed chocolate Easter egg.

Would you spend $10,000 for a chocolate Easter egg? How about $11,000? Pastry chef Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate, is hoping to get at least that much for a 120-pound chocolate egg he decorated to look like the New York City skyline at night.
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Ephemeral Art: Cookies


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Pastry Chef Julia Usher is renowned for her 3D cookie creations. What’s nicer than a beautiful cookie box filled with cookies?

You have to have a special character to make ephemeral art from cookie dough. Unlike fancy dancy decorated wedding cakes which couples will pay thousands of dollars for, cookies, not so much. They’re smaller, generally simpler and not on the radar as “must have” edible artwork. There are cake decorating competitions on the Food Network, and another show on cable called Amazing Wedding Cakes, but no shows devoted to cookie decorating.
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EPHEMERAL ART: Pet creations


My brother's dog Bailey was interrupted before she could finish the amazing art montage she clearly was in the midst of creating. —Kris Vallon photo

Bailey, my sister-in-law’s misunderstood pet, was interrupted before she could finish creating an amazing art collage. —Kris Vallon photo

Sometimes human beings just can’t appreciate the fine art produced by members of the animal kingdom. Like many struggling artists, the work of Bailey and other wanna be canine artistes is misunderstood. Look at Bailey’s sad, pained look. Her Jackson Pollock-esque work now destined for the dustbin. Don’t worry Bailey, true art can not be denied. I suspect you’ll get another chance to express your doggone creativity.
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EPHEMERAL ART: Snow Sculptures


Snow Sculpture Eagle in Chicago. Carol Kuhrt Brewer photo

Snow Sculpture Eagle at the Navy Pier in Chicago. —Carol Kuhrt Brewer photo

A great way to beat the winter doldrums, Chicago hosts an annual snow sculpting competition at Navy Pier. Not the same as ice carving, snow sculpting involves three person teams carving 6 ft x 6ft x 10 ft tall blocks of snow. Professional teams from Illinois to China participated, as well as local high schools.
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Ephemeral Art: Pumpkins 2013


Jim Morrison, one of the amazing creations of the Pumpkin Master.

Jim Morrison, one of the amazing creations of the Pumpkin Master.

Rick McGarry is the Pumpkin Master. I had the pleasure to meet him once in Chicago at a baseball game. Since then I have been fascinated by his pumpkin carving skills. His wife Janice posts pictures of his creations frequently on Facebook, much to everyone’s pleasure and amusement.

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Ephemeral Art: The Smoke Ring King


Harry Garrison - The Smoke Ring King

Harry Garrison – The Smoke Ring King

His day job was restoring antique pianos, but by night Harry Garrison blew smoke in people’s faces, and they loved it.

That’s because Harry Garrison is The Smoke Ring King. Read more…

Ephemeral Art: 3D Sidewalk Chalk


Already on this blog we’ve seen some amazing ephemeral art —  the foam of cappuccinos, sandcastles, The Gates, and a Rainbow Ribbon Jell-O Mold.

And then there’s sidewalk chalk art. Unbelievably vivid trompe l’oeil images. A lot of work is involved for something so short-lived that will all wash away with the first cloudburst.

Artist Edgar Mueller creates "Ice Age"

Artist Edgar Mueller works on a plain sidewalk

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Edible Ephemeral Art: Rainbow Ribbon Jell-O Mold


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Rainbow Ribbon Jell-O Mold

If I bring a Rainbow Ribbon Jell-O Mold to your home, it means I love you.

This cool dessert gets the most amazing reactions. People love looking at it, hate to see it cut, and then say with surprise, “It tastes like Jell-O!”

It only has three ingredients, one of which is water. But like The Gates and other ephemeral works of art, as discussed yesterday, the sum is equal to more than its parts.

The recipe comes via the creative home chef Rachel Perlow who shared it years ago on e-gullet.org. She was inspired by Kraft’s recipe for layered Jell-O, and then kicked it up a huge notch by making it the colors of a rainbow (ROY G BV, no indigo) and using an angular Bundt cake pan for a cool shape. Read more…

Ephemeral Art


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You won’t see lattes and cappuccinos at the local Starbucks that look like this.

Playing with their coffee, instead of drinking it, Japanese latte artists Kazuki Yamamoto and Kohei Matsuno, are creating some cool, yet very ephemeral art. In the samples above, I’m especially fond of The Scream, Einstein, and of course the special 3D Latte Kitty which I referred to in my previous post about bridges.

On an NPR affiliate’s website, Maria Godov discusses the foam “masterpieces” and how the artists have carved a niche not only in their coffee cups, but in the art world, despite the fact that their art is ephemeral and lasts only minutes before it dissolves or is sipped away. Design philosopher Leonard Koren explained that to the Japanese “many things are beautiful precisely because they are short-lived and fragile.” Read more…

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