How sweet it is! Sugar sculpture weighs 8,000 pounds
How sweet it is! Sugar sculpture weighs 8,000 pounds Four tons of sugar were used to create the 35-foot-high sphinx-like sculpture
How sweet it is! Sugar sculpture weighs 8,000 pounds
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A 35-foot-tall sphinxlike sculpture made of sugar is on display at an old New York City factory. It is a tribute to black workers.

Artist Kara Walker's monumental installation occupies much of the cavernous interior of the former Domino Sugar Refinery. The former refinery is in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

Four tons of sugar was used to create the female figure. There are several smaller sculptures of young boys covered in molasses with fruit baskets holding unrefined sugar.

A sweet aroma still fills the air in the shuttered factory.

The artist is known for exploring issues of race, discrimination and power in her work.

The full title of the work is very long. It is: "A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant."

The head of the large sculpture wears a kerchief. It has slightly exaggerated African features.

Walker has described the pose as both submissive and domineering.

She said in an interview with Complex Magazine that she thought of the sphinx as "this woman-like creature or guardian of the city, the keeper of the riddle, the devourer of heroes."

Critical thinking challenge: What does the artist mean by unpaid and overworked Artisans?

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  • Justin8299
    5/20/2014 - 12:43 p.m.

    It is cool how they made a sphinx like sculpture out of sugar. This is nice to the contributive black workers. This if for all the black workers that worked hard for America.

    5/20/2014 - 01:00 p.m.

    I think its cool how they even spend their time making a sculpture out of sugar. I think it took about 2 years to make it because sugar is hard to mold together.

  • LA24Swagg
    5/20/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    I find many problems in this work of art , because it has too many mistakes about race. The sculpture has a big butt, which i think in my opinion is races. It said it was in tribution of the black workers, which i find is very races and unpleasing.

  • rickyc5501
    5/20/2014 - 02:07 p.m.

    that is very ice i wish i can go see it take a trip there thtas something i can make in the future hopefully thats very cool i give them credit who ever made this

  • QuinnF-5
    5/20/2014 - 10:00 p.m.

    This article is about a 35 foot tall sculpture was made out of 4 tons of sugar. They puted at an old New York City Factory. Four tons of sugar were used to create the 35-foot-high sphinx-like sculpture. It is a awner to black workers. It weight 800 pounds. I like this article because I did not know that sugars can used for making sculpture. That is cool, but 4 tons of sugar, that is a lot of sugar.

  • kayla l
    5/21/2014 - 12:29 p.m.

    That's so cool ... I would love to see a sculpture made out of sugar or ice or whatever. I cant believe how long that would take and how hard it wuld be!

  • kaiyaw
    5/21/2014 - 12:29 p.m.

    thats so big lol ive never seen something like this until now wow i bet it took them along time to buld but its nice and people dont need to ruin it because people took time out of their day to build that

  • CN23green
    5/21/2014 - 01:02 p.m.

    That's incredible! A sugar sculpture is an awesome way to show both art expression and cultural creativity. Plus, it's 8,000 pounds! Talk about big sweetness!

  • Ethanc10
    5/21/2014 - 02:03 p.m.

    that is awesome like omg i wonder how they did that like that who'd take a long time to scope it and try to make it perfect

  • jerakkt
    5/21/2014 - 02:06 p.m.

    that's cool that the thing is made entirely of sugar it would be hard to make that it would take a long time to make that

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