Tropical Jellodrome

30 Aug

I am so lucky to have friends as nuts & brilliant as these :-D

Tropical Jellodrome – a meat and becks beer based dessert Here’s a pudding you’ll feel blessed to eat. Being a meat-based desert it takes inspiration from the Meat Packing District’s historic past and the Beck’s beer cocktail resonates with the area’s current atmosphere. We spent a good deal of time in the area at the end of 2010. The architecture of pleasure referenced by jellies is more than appropriate for the neighborhood. It also has strong tropical vibes for the summer. For the Beck’s Green Box Project we have been studying the work of the great chef Antonin Careme. Careme was known as the “king of chefs and chef to kings” and variously cooked for Napoleon, George IV and Tsar Alexander. He drew inspiration from buildings, claiming that architecture’s main branch was confectionary. Carême made his name with two meter high pièce montées (mounted pieces), elaborate table decorations that represented rotundas, temples, columns and arches in varied Classical, Gothic and Chinoiserie styles. He was so successful he could afford to turn down a permanent job offer from Tsar Alexander His major impact on cuisine came through the invention of the toque (chef’s hat), extraordinary sauces and dishes and through importing service a la Russe (how we eat nowl) to Europe from the Russian court. Careme drew a direct line between food and architecture. His great works of pastry and confectionary were directly inspired by buildings. While working in Russia he spent his spare time working on the book Projects for the Architectural Embellishment of St Petersburg. For the publication he toured the public spaces of the city and made notes of areas that to his confectioner’s eye could do with some ‘embellishment’. Sadly his designs were never built though they survive as drawings. Our installation for the Beck’s Green Box Project sees Careme’s dreams realised on the grandest scale possible – that of architecture. Visitors aim their phones towards the Green Box and see products of the pastry kitchen realised in the form of buildings with the scale of Tropical Jellodrome – a meat and becks beer based dessert Here’s a pudding you’ll feel blessed to eat. Being a meat-based desert it takes inspiration from the Meat Packing District’s historic past and the Beck’s beer cocktail resonates with the area’s current atmosphere. We spent a good deal of time in the area at the end of 2010. The architecture of pleasure referenced by jellies is more than appropriate for the neighborhood. It also has strong tropical vibes for the summer. For the Beck’s Green Box Project we have been studying the work of the great chef Antonin Careme. Careme was known as the “king of chefs and chef to kings” and variously cooked for Napoleon, George IV and Tsar Alexander. He drew inspiration from buildings, claiming that architecture’s main branch was confectionary. Carême made his name with two meter high pièce montées (mounted pieces), elaborate table decorations that represented rotundas, temples, columns and arches in varied Classical, Gothic and Chinoiserie styles. He was so successful he could afford to turn down a permanent job offer from Tsar Alexander His major impact on cuisine came through the invention of the toque (chef’s hat), extraordinary sauces and dishes and through importing service a la Russe (how we eat nowl) to Europe from the Russian court. Careme drew a direct line between food and architecture. His great works of pastry and confectionary were directly inspired by buildings. While working in Russia he spent his spare time working on the book Projects for the Architectural Embellishment of St Petersburg. For the publication he toured the public spaces of the city and made notes of areas that to his confectioner’s eye could do with some ‘embellishment’. Sadly his designs were never built though they survive as drawings. Our installation for the Beck’s Green Box Project sees Careme’s dreams realised on the grandest scale possible – that of architecture.

One Response to “Tropical Jellodrome”

  1. Logan Boehling August 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    THESE TWO ARE AMAZING!!

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