The Amazing Jell-O Sculptor

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Artists use different mediums to express their creativity. For some its milk bottles, while for others, it's trick photography. San Francisco based photographer and sculptor Liz Hickok's medium of choice? Jell-O - The perfectly moldable gelatin dessert.

Her love affair with the wobbly medium began about four years ago, when she was looking for a suitable material to build a cityscape sculpture of San Francisco. She considered using resin - but besides being difficult to use, it was also very toxic. That's when she came up with the idea of using yummy, malleable multi-colored Jell-O, beginning her unusual career as a Jell-O sculptor.

Her inaugural cityscape sculpture created in 2006, included the entire downtown of San Francisco, complete with skyscrapers, a number of popular San Francisco neighborhoods including the Marina and Twin Peaks, as well as, famous landmarks like the Bay Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts.

Since then, she has created several other Jell-O cities, including Scottsdale, Arizona and Wilmington, Delaware and also done a Jell-O project with some lucky second-graders in North Adams, Massachusetts.

To create her amazing landmarks, the artist starts with scale models of what she wants to reproduce and then, with the help of molds, casts each section in Jello-O. To make the cities look real, Liz paints landscapes like trees and mountains around the structures, and in the case of San Francisco or should we say Jello-O Frisco, she even added some fog! Top this with some beautiful lighting and voila - we have a shimmering (and shaking) edible city!

The only setback to her masterpieces is that they don't last too long. However, Liz does take some great photos, which can be seen and bought at : www.lizhickok.com.

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  • gold3nglare
    gold3nglareWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:14 am
    I want to eat that
    • wolfieland
      wolfielandTuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:40 am
      hmmm i didnt know they made art with food!
      • pinkkawaii
        pinkkawaiiThursday, November 29, 2018 at 12:57 pm
        love this but wished it had a picture
        • pinkkawaii
          pinkkawaiiThursday, November 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm
          cool love jello
          • Its me Monday, September 24, 2018 at 6:34 pm
            that is so cool
            • ._.Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 11:58 am
              Jell-O. The most jiggly, wobbly, delicious snack on Earth. Very yummy, good, and pleasant to eat. I would really want to eat those sculptures of Jell-O. As long if it's not grape or cherry or pineapple.
              • WELPWednesday, August 29, 2018 at 11:57 am
                THEY WASTED JELL-0!
                • cutecat6
                  cutecat6Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm
                  Jell-O. The most jiggly, wobbly, delicious snack on Earth. Vey yummy, good, and pleasant to eat. I would really want to eat those sculptures of Jell-O. As long if it's not grape or cherry or pineapple.
                  • grapefruit
                    grapefruitSaturday, December 23, 2017 at 1:40 am
                    yum yum yum and please don't try this at home you will end up with a faceful of jello
                    • jelly656
                      jelly656Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:34 am
                      WHY MUST THEY WASTE SO MUCH PRECIOUS JELLY!!!!
                      • bookstory14
                        bookstory14Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:03 am
                        xD lol
                        • grapefruit
                          grapefruitSaturday, December 23, 2017 at 1:40 am
                          lol
                          • 1905973
                            1905973Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm
                            lol