Two remarkable miniature sculptural landscapes at the Orlando Science Center give new meaning to the word “Incredible”, as in “truly hard to believe”.
So realistic that it’s hard to believe that they are not ‘real’ but fashioned by hand.
“The Art of Good Taste” is a set of two intricate sculptures highlighting some of Florida’s most beautiful natural features. On first seeing them, we thought they were made of paper mâché or plaster of Paris perhaps. But, in fact they are actually made from edible ingredients. The information board introduces them thus: “Can you believe it? These sculptures aren’t just in “good taste”—they taste good too!”
This sugar art display is called a “Show Cake” and includes 1,020 pounds of powdered sugar, 240 eggs, and 120 pounds of royal icing. If we compare that to most cakes, which use about one cup of sugar, two eggs and 8 ounces of icing, the amounts seem rather daunting. Even more mind-boggling is the time it took to create them: two years for the “Show Cake”, as opposed to between 30-60 minutes for a regular cake.
The information board also tells us that “Mercedes Strachwsky, of Oviedo, Florida, meticulously researched every fish, tree, plant, and shell you can see in this work of art. She then drafted a set of plans and artist renderings showing what the finished sculptures would look like.”
Take a look at the pictures to get an idea of the detailed realism in these lovely creations—for example, tiny, perfect water lilies; small frogs and larger manatees; palm trees and Spanish moss; wild grasses and swamp lands; bulrushes and rocks; caves and sea shores, with a lighthouse and house; shells and sea anemones; pelicans, alligators and turtles; dolphins and even minute shrimp. It is, indeed, a microcosm of the local Florida flora and fauna.
Note: the sculptures are all in a glass case, so we can look but not touch or taste!
The Orlando Science Center is a fun place to visit, especially with kids, and has many other interactive exhibits.
HOURS: Thursday-Tuesday 10-5. Closed Wednesdays, except during Orange and Seminole County school holidays. Also closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
ADMISSION: $17 adult, $16 senior and student, $12 youth 3-11. Parking $5.
More information at www.osc.org