Can You Guess What This "Stained Glass" Artwork is Really Made Of?

Can You Guess What This "Stained Glass" Artwork is Really Made Of?

Dabney Frake
May 12, 2015

These art boxes have a beautiful watercolor quality, with soft, painterly strokes and swirly colors that feel subtle and abstract. There's an unexpected twist however: can you guess what they are "painted" with?

(Image credit: Petr Lerch)

Gummy Bears.

Back in the 1990s, the designers at Mayice experimented with pouring melted fruit gummies into acrylic boxes, and this was the result. In addition to the bright shades, the art smells fruity to boot! You can buy them for a little over $162 apiece, or — wait — is that the sound of a DIY project in the works? I think it might just be....

From the Designers: In 1998, as an Architecture students eager to find a material suitable for a model for the building of a beautiful ephemeral pavilion, we decided to create a transparent, flexible, and yet tough substrate adaptable for curved routes. And there it was, the perfect material...Research on new materials, aromas and textures have led her to create unique paintings. The aromatic and shiny substrate she uses on her works is based on new trends such as fruit gums and other sort of appealing foodstuffs. As a result, a scented, shiny and colourful canvas instills an art-spirit that awakes the sensory mind of its observer. Indeed, it is palpable at glance as well as the senses of smell and touch!

You can read more on the Mayice site, or over on Curbed. There's even a video of the process....

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