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Friday, October 26, 2012

See Eerie Renditions of San Francisco in Jell-O

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

click to enlarge Palace of Fine Arts. - LIZ HICKOK

Talk about playing with your food: San Francisco-based artist Liz Hickok has created eerie, beautiful cityscapes of our fair metropolis using a medium known to most of us as dessert: Jell-O. Her photographs will be on display this weekend during San Francisco Open Studios, where you can also take a peek at her next work-in-progress: Jelly NYC.

See also:

- It's Better With Jell-O

Hickok has been making molds of buildings and smaller neighborhoods for the last decade, but "San Francisco in Jell-O" is the most ambitious project yet.

click to enlarge City Hall - LIZ HICKOK

She created molds of places around the city and used store-bought Jell-O or straight-up gelatin to create the buildings to create photographs that are beautiful and familiar, with a touch of the otherworldly.

click to enlarge Alamo Square. - LIZ HICKOK

She then lights them from below and uses props and other materials to create massive landscapes.

click to enlarge San Francisco skyline. - LIZ HICKOK

"I drew the inspiration for this project from my immediate surroundings -- San Francisco, where the geological uncertainties of the landscape evoke uncanny parallels with the gelatinous material," Hickok writes on her website. To that end, she's also created a short, unsettling video of her Jell-O city rocked by a quake:

Find more images on Hickok's website, or see them in person this weekend:

Mission District Open Studios 2012

When: Sat. Oct. 27-Sun Oct. 28 11a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where:1890 Bryant St. Studio 211 (at Mariposa)

Cost: Free

The rundown: See and purchase the photos from San Francisco in Jell-O series and the new Jelly NYC photos, along with Hickok's new, in-progress (non-Jell-O) artwork, including time-lapse videos and photos.

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Anna Roth

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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