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“It was very important to me to have figures made out of a substance that is so temporal—it’s so subject to change. …They’re very much like the interior of the Domino Sugar Factory, which is also still dripping, still producing molasses from its interior, still weeping this substance.” —Kara Walker on her recent project for Creative Time, from the latest episode in Art21’s Exclusive series

WATCH: Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”

IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”. © Art21, Inc. 2014.

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Breckenridge, Colorado just hosted the 26th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships, during which 16 teams worked with only hand tools for 65 hours over a five day period to create awesome snow sculptures. Team USA-Vermont won the Gold with a fantastic sculpture entitled “Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus,” depicting Rhonda the 14-year-old science whiz who rides inside her own invention - the Robo-Octopus - which helps clean the ocean floor.

Our favorite piece won both the Artists’ Choice and Social Media Choice Awards: this stunning “Dia de los Muertos” sculpture created by Team USA-Wisconsin:

Head over to Twisted Sifter to view more marvelous snow sculptures from the competition.

Photos by The Breckenridge Tourism Office

[via Twisted Sifter]

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Here’s an awesome high-tech sweet for geeky valentines. Liz and Kyle von Hasseln of The Sugar Lab (previously featured here) used their ChefJet™ 3D printer to create these beautiful long stemmed chocolate sugar roses for Valentine’s Day.

It took their machine about an hour to produce three 7-inch-long chocolate roses. Although the long slender stems are delicate, the roses are strong enough to be displayed in a vase. According to Liz and Kyle, the roses taste like a rich chocolate cookie. Yum!

[via Cubify]

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For an awesome traveling, interactive art installation entitled Sugar Metropolis, professional sculptors Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels set up mountains of sugar cubes and invite visitors to use every last one of them to construct sweet crystalline cities. Visitors are free to work independently or collaborate with each other. They have over 500,000 sugar cube to work with and the results of their efforts are always unique.

Brendan and Mark are currently using a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to take their community art project to the Sugar Hill district of Harlem:

“The plan is to create the exhibit on the ground floor of a new Broadway Housing development which includes a children’s museum, a childcare center, a roof-top garden, and new affordable apartments (targeting low-income or special-needs residents). Across four weeks, anyone in the community will be welcomed in to share in the imaginative process and symbolically build upon a positive future within the community.”

Click here to learn more.

Visit My Modern Metropolis for additional photos.