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Giant candies in the Champs Elysees area

May 10, 2011
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Monceau Park

As you wander through the streets of the posh 8th arrondissement, you may be surprised to walk into huge sculptures featuring weird forms vaguely resembling giant candies. Don’t worry, you haven’t got sun-stroke, you’re just in front of one of Laurence Jenkell’s sculptures. Since the beginning of May, the sculptures can be admired in 11 different spots of the 8th district : major spots, but also private companies’ headquarters or cultural institutions. The sculptures’ size varies from ~3 to 20 feet and are made of aluminum, Plexiglas , resin or polyester.

Laurence Jenkell was born in 1965 and lives in South of France. She first started her artist career as a painter and became famous for her acidic paintings and collages, always taking inspiration in the consumerist society. When she started to make sculptures, her first works represented candies as she was fascinated by the alchemy of sugar melting before turning into candy and by the colorful wrappings. Her work is meant to materialize desire into objects. The candy is here to remind sweet memories of childhood. Her work is getting quite popular : her sculptures were exposed last year in the Plaza Athenee’s courtyard and she has starred in some major exhibitions abroad : at the Sofitel Hotel in Sydney, Mansing Galery inBerlin…The exhibit in the 8th arrondissement is undoubtedly the highlight of her career. It takes place till June, 30th.

The “candy” sculptures can be seen at the following addresses :

– City Hall of the 8th arrondissement (3, rue de Lisbonne)

– Parc Monceau

– Qatar embassy (1, rue de Tilsit)

– Arc de Triomphe Hilton Hotel  (51, rue de Courcelles)

– 6, Place Narvik

– 2, avenue Velasquez

– 32, rue Monceau

– Neuflize Bank (3, avenue Hoche)

– 208, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré

– Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild (11, rue Berryer)

– 27 and 39, avenue de Friedland

– Opera Gallery (356, rue Saint-Honoré)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2011 6:53 am

    We also have a restaurant in Nice which has 2 of these giant candies 🙂

  2. October 3, 2011 1:50 pm

    On the occasion of the G20, which will take place on the 3rd and 4th of November in Cannes, 55 monumental sculptures by Laurence Jenkell will be on display on the Croisette and in the streets of Cannes. The customized sweet-sculptures represent the nations of the G20, the invited countries, and the European Union member states.

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