Tate Modern Modelled As Spectacular Gingerbread House For Christmas
Caitlin Levin a food artist from LA along with Henry Hargreaves a photographer from Christchurch, New Zealand has created the perfect edible gingerbread house for Christmas. Modelled as Tate Modern, the work is part of a series which also includes Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim and the Louvre pyramid by I. M. Pei. Each work is painstakingly recreated using a very special and delicious gingerbread recipe with melted sugar to represent glass and in the Tate's model the river Thames.
Caitlin Levin was raised in Northern California. She lived in many parts of the world, during which time she recalls both seeing and experiencing a variety of artistic cultures and tastes, which has gone a long way in sharpening her passion for design. After graduating with a degree in World Arts and Cultures from the University of Southern California (UCLA), Caitlin went on to study art in Florence, Italy. After returning to the United States, Caitlin settled in New York to pursue a career in fashion, handling photographic commissions on behalf of a number of the city’s leading fashion houses including Abercrombie, Proenza Schouler, Halston among a number of others. Recently Kaitlin has indulged her passion to work as a chef/stylist, recently appearing as a resident chef on Simon Fuller’s “If I Can Dream” TV show.
Hargreaves activities as an artist run the gamut from painting and drawing to sculpture. Growing up with the tales of his late grandfather, WWII hero, Edgar Charles Hargreaves, Henry quickly developed his own visions of travel and the pursuit of extraordinary experience.
After receiving a degree in film and American Studies from the University of Canterbury, he set off for South East Asia where a chance meeting with a photographer in Bangkok launched an unlikely and explosive life chapter. Overnight, Henry found himself modeling for the world’s most prestigious fashion houses and working with such photography icons as Stephen Meisel, Mario Testino, and the late Richard Avedon.
It wasn’t long before he recognized his own passion for photography. Extensive travel and full immersion in the fashion industry fueled this desire and 3 years and 50 countries later, Henry relocated to New York City. Looking to break from the nomadic life of modeling and seeking to cultivate his own artistic and entrepreneurial ambitions, he set up shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
He has since established himself as a full time photographer known for fun, creative, provocative and memorable images. He has created a wide spectrum of work be it for commercial clients like Ralph Lauren, Sagmeister and Walsh, GQ, V, New York Times, Vice, or in personal projects like his bestselling books 3DD – a 3D Celebration of Breasts, and photo series like No Seconds, Band Riders, Deep Fried Gadgets. What unites his work is his restless and curious mind, a fascination with the unusual or quirky, and a desire to see how photography can illuminate the world and spark conversation.
The confectionery museum creations were recently shown at Dylan’s candy bar in miami for art basel 2013.