The designs of such architects as Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei are unmistakable — most people would recognize the Louvre or Guggenheim Museum anywhere and in any medium. For better or worse, so is the Candyland-esque aesthetic of the gingerbread houses people see around the holidays. Artists Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin decided to play with those ideas, recreating famous museums and galleries from around the world using only gingerbread and candy.
The pair showcased Gingerbread and Candy Art Galleries at Miami's Art Basel festival earlier this month. Each image of their sculpture is shot in black and white, "a deliberate antidote to the vivid colors and sweetness" associated with gingerbread houses.
- The Tate Modern in London, made out of gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, and bubble gum
- The Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, made out of candy balls, gingerbread, sour rolls, and taffy.
- The MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, made out of Gingerbread, hard candy, and lollipop sticks.
- The Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS) in Antwerp, made of Gingerbread, lego candy, hard candy, sesame candy, chocolate, bubble gum, and sour rolls.
- The Louvre in Paris, made of gingerbread, hard candy, and licorice.
- The Karuizawa Museum in Nagano, made out of chocolate, gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, and sour flush.
- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, made of icing, gingerbread, cotton candy, candy wrappers, licorice, and sugar.
All images copyright and published with the permission of Henry Hargreaves. For more information behind Hargreaves and Levin's work, as well as a biography, portfolio, and information on upcoming exhibitions, you can visit HenryHargreaves.com.