Art Basel Miami, the official U.S. extension of the contemporary art show held each June in Basel, Switzerland, exceeded expectations once again with its brilliant display of paintings, photographs, film and installations, accompanied by a seemingly endless number of star-studded parties. The international event attracted 75,000 people to Miami’s sandy beaches over this past weekend, not to mention thousands more who gathered at satellite events held across the South Florida region.
One such gathering took place at Dylan’s Candy Bar, an unlikely host to any art aficionado’s ears, yet serving the perfect backdrop to an art installation conceived entirely from sweets. That’s right, candy. Taking inspiration from some of the world’s most famous art museums and galleries, creator and photographer Henry Hargreaves, along with food stylist Caitlin Levin, constructed architectural triumphs using just gingerbread and candy.
An array of hard candy windows forms the iconic pyramid extension at the Louvre, while icing and gingerbread form the smooth curves of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, as described by the Webby-nominated blog Colossal. The artistic duo used Hershey’s chocolate squares to create The Karuizawa Museum in Nagano, Japan, and employed cotton candy, licorice, and bubble gum to seal and support the gallery walls.