I was thrilled and delighted when I was asked by renowned sculptor and installation artist Virginia Overton to produce a cake of the Whitney Museum for her presentation as part of the Whitney's ongoing series 99 objects.
Above: VIDEO excerpts of the event shot by our good friend, Boaz Halaban
Named in honor of the Whitney’s new address, 99 Gansevoort Street, 99 Objects is a series of in-gallery programs focusing on individual works of art from the Museum’s collection on view as part of the exhibition America Is Hard to See .
Speakers include artists, writers, Whitney curators and educators, and an interdisciplinary group of scholars. Programs take place daily.
|Where to start? The first cut is the hardest... (the royal icing front railings are already down, and I love how they became like sprinkles around the base of cake)|
|Ah, What a delicious museum!|
Special thank you to
Cake assistants: Sara Porter, María Tillous, Kanupriya Kesari
Architectural consultant: Mané Nalbandyan
Intern: Remy Stankus.
Also to Ryan Oskin, Hillel Katz, Larry Krone, Matthew Griffin, David Levinthal and of course, Virginia Overton.
Part 2- and now for any cake nerds out there... the making of the cake:
|Before the delivery. A thunder-stormy, cobble-stoney delivery. Thanks to Ryan, the cake arrived just fine. (perhaps a little tiny bit worse for wear.)|
|Pieces of cake buildings and Rice Krispie treat balconies|
|Attaching the royal icing railings and finishing details on location|
|Sketches made to scale the size of the cake and lots of photos for reference|
|Mané spent several days, first finding 3D renderings on line to print our 3D model from, and creating at least a dozen pages of block dimensions, footprints and detailing dimensions|
|The cake was covered in white chocolate fondant rolled out into large panels|
|Watching the building get served up, while in the building was very cool!|
Printing out a 3D model was key to figuring out the shapes of the building.