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Friday, March 24, 2006

See it Jiggle!

I'm originally from the Midwest. If there's one thing midwesterners parlez-vous, it's Jell-O. Jello is ubiquitous at funerals, church pot-lucks, and especially holiday dinners with the family. Everyone's family has that nutty relative that was just a liiiiiittle too facile with the Jell-O, mixing it with soda to give it an effervescent texture, perfectly suspending pineapple and maraschino cherries in it, or the dreaded shriveled, wizened grandparent who was known to make dishes with aspic. Shudder. Elizabeth Hickock actually hails from Delaware, not the Midwest, but must certainly have a history with Jell-O to inform her work.

Her latest and greatest is a recreation of San Francisco, cast entirely in Jell-O. Hickock has a scientific, as well as a culinary curiosity, and will be recreating the work for an exhibition at the Exploratorium in San Francisco entitled "Magnitude X: Earthquake Science and Survival" opening (and closing/melting) April 1st. Supposedly, during an earthquake, soil saturated with water can flow like...well...melting Jell-O. The piece is painstakingly reconstructed from topographical map, and only lasts for a fleeting moment...long enough to light properly and take photos, which are available in editions to memorialize the event.

LINK via BoingBoing


At 3/29/2006 04:47:00 PM, Anonymous Hayley said...

Check out The Gallery of Regrettable Foods for some great vintage images of Jello (and Gel-Cookery!) http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery/
I especially likes, "Jello Confronts the Depressions" and "The Unbearable Sadness of Vegetables". Cheers!


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