I know there’s been an influx of street art on here lately, but this was too amazing to ignore– Montreal artist Shelley Miller puts up these pieces of sugar street art that are incredibly detailed. From afar, it resembles the blue and white finesse of Delft ceramic ware, but in reality all of these outdoor murals are made entirely out of frosting and sugar.
Inspired by azulejos, which is form of painted ceramic tilework from Portugal and Spain, Miller paints, assembles, and installs these sugar murals out in the open air. The sugar naturally becomes worn away by the weather over time, and she also documents this disintegration. While documenting the creation of one of her more elaborate murals, Miller poignantly wrote this on her blog:
As I was applying the tiles, realizing how quickly this mural might decompose, I tried to convince myself that it wasn’t much different than a very elaborate wedding cake, where the decorator spends days or weeks planning and preparing, and then it all gets eaten in a single night.
I’ve put in almost 130 hours just for the painting, and soon I’m going to put it outside and let it wash away in the rain. Sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my brain around that. But I trust that it’ll be worth it. I’ve done this enough times to know that this is the route I must take to get the results I want. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will prove to be true.
A lot of this is work dating from 2009, or even earlier– I hope she keeps producing these pieces, as they look absolutely fascinating especially in the closer shots. This wouldn’t last a day in New York, though, especially if its within the reach of all the city dogs. [Via My Modern Met.]