Friday, August 27, 2010

Butter Sculpting at the Fair

Art and the State Fair do interesect.  Follow this link to read a great article about Linda Christensen's butter sculpting (an MCAD graduate) at our state fair. You will find out more than you thought you wanted to know and laugh too.

The Wall Street Journal also has a slide show and video.  They interviewed the sculptress, the Princesses of the Milky Way, butter head family members, and an art historian, Pamela Simpson, who is writing a book about butter sculpting and corn palaces.  We will need to get that book when it comes out. 

You might want to go to the fair to see this sculpting in progress.  It is special in the world of butter sculpting because they are using solid blocks of butter that are carved not just attaching butter over an armature.  The fair also passes out the butter chips on crackers for the crowd to enjoy.  As the art historian Pamela Simpson says it is a "perfect case of having your art and eating it too".

For more fun information about butter sculpting go to Pamela Simpson's page at:  Here is one of the photos from her slide show of some amazing and historic butter sculptures. Be sure take a look at it.

For information on the fair go to:

Eva Hyvarinen
Visual Resource Assistant
MCAD Library

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