Artists Builds Massive Candy Mosaic in China

The mosaic is made of 13 tons of candy Photo: AllRightsReserved via Complex Magazine

The sweetest artwork in the world has just been created in Chengdu, China. To celebrate its first anniversary, the Chinese Luxury Shopping Mall Chengdu IFS commissioned the art and graphic design duo Craig and Karl to construct a 185-meter-long (607-foot-long) and seven-meter-wide (23-foot-wide) mosaic made entirely out of candy.

The ambitious project was spearheaded by AllRightsReserved, an organization best known for realizing Florentijn Hofman’s huge, inflatable rubber duck sculpture, which has traveled around the world. (see Giant Rubber Duck Vanishes in Chinese Flood)

Two thousand volunteers worked for five days to arrange 13 tons of candy into the bold and colorful geometric pattern created by Craig and Karl. The mosaic includes images of flowers and Panda bear faces. The piece is protected by steel barriers on either side to prevent hungry pedestrians from helping themselves to the artwork.

Comprised of Craig Redman and Karl Maier, Craig and Karl’s work has previously been exhibited at museums such as the Musée de la Publicité and the Louvre. They have collaborated on commercial projects for clients such as LVMH, Google, Apple, Vogue, and the New York Times.

After the candy carpet is deconstructed, the treats will be donated to a food drive for underprivileged children in conjunction with meals provided by the Chengdu IFS.


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