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   Undertoad  Thursday Feb 23 01:29 PM

2/23/2006: London in biscuits



72,000 biscuits -- or, you know, "cookies" -- were used to put together this installation called "Eating the City" by Song Dong (no, that's the guy's name). It's a model of London. It was displayed for the last week in Selfridge's department store. And now, they're eating it. Yes, they are, the general public is invited to hunker down.

Actually, that's the whole point. This Guardian article explains Mr. Dong's approach:

"The purpose of my work is for the city I build to be destroyed," Dong says. "I don't have a particular city to copy from, nor a particular architectural style. I am merely following the town planning of the present day."

Dong's biscuit cities - he has built five so far - were inspired by the speed of change and urban development in China. "The expansion of a city is caused by our desire. As cities in Asia grow, old buildings are knocked down and new ones built, almost every day. Some cities have even been built from scratch in 20 years.

"My city will be built of sweets and biscuits, making it tempting and delicious. When we are eating the city we are using our desire to taste it, but at the same time, we're demolishing the city and turning it into a ruin."



Cyclefrance  Thursday Feb 23 01:45 PM

As a seasoned 'dunker' I would go for the 'Custard Creams' and the 'Chocolate Hob-nobs' myself. Have been known to demolish half a packet with a single cuppa once I get going.

BTW where's Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament - don't wish to over-critical of Mr Song Dong but I can't see much to say this is London as opposed to anywhere else that has a selection of high rise biscu.. sorry buildings.



Cyclefrance  Thursday Feb 23 01:50 PM

... or has someone eaten them already?



Trilby  Thursday Feb 23 02:04 PM

Got milk?



axlrosen  Thursday Feb 23 02:05 PM

Compare and contrast:

- Coin architecture
- Salad bar hacking [all you can eat, but one bowl only]



Elspode  Thursday Feb 23 02:06 PM

What, no little chocolate-coated whale biscuit in the Thames?



FallenFairy  Thursday Feb 23 02:11 PM

ahhhh ya know I just got my order of Girl Scout cookies...
what to build??



wolf  Thursday Feb 23 02:21 PM

Looks like he had to rely pretty heavily on Fig Newtons and those crispy thin sugar wafer cookies. Imagine what he could have done with Oreos and Nutter Butters!



Jordon  Thursday Feb 23 02:58 PM

I don't see any landmarks I recognize as Londinium, but I wouldn't touch anything from Soho.



Promenea  Thursday Feb 23 04:04 PM

Ick, I mean really - all those cookies he's touched and everyone else has sneezed or breathed on and people are really eating them?

I don't so much mind people I know touching my food but crowds of strangers? Nope, not me.



capnhowdy  Thursday Feb 23 05:18 PM

The looks on the childrens faces are awesome. Cookie Jenga, Anyone?



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Feb 23 05:20 PM

Cookie (biscuit) city or real city, they all go to sh*t, eventually.



AureliusVin  Thursday Feb 23 07:43 PM

I want Big Ben, that's all I have to say. I wonder what it was made out of?



footfootfoot  Thursday Feb 23 08:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Promenea
Ick, I mean really - all those cookies he's touched and everyone else has sneezed or breathed on and people are really eating them?

I don't so much mind people I know touching my food but crowds of strangers? Nope, not me.
reminds me of an exhibit I saw a few years ago of ginger bread houses. My 3 year old niece, who is a sugar junkie (I've seen the tracks) cajoled her dad to let her get close enough to the houses "just so she could smell them"

Her dad, easily hoodwinked, picked her up and let her get close enough "just to smell them". Her tongue shot out and took a big lick from the side of the house.

Uhh derhay?


capnhowdy  Thursday Feb 23 08:26 PM

Can't stand it any longer. I must say (oh yes I must... I must..):

Those aren't cookies.... They're Newtons!

Somebody needs to invent the sugar stick hot sugar/glue gun. Replace the glue sticks with sugar. Prolly work good here. As soon as they complete their work on the solar powered flashlight.



Elspode  Friday Feb 24 12:37 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
As soon as they complete their work on the solar powered flashlight.
I think that's on the list right after dehydrated water.


wolf  Friday Feb 24 01:38 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
Somebody needs to invent the sugar stick hot sugar/glue gun. Replace the glue sticks with sugar. Prolly work good here. As soon as they complete their work on the solar powered flashlight.
Already attended to.

The "glue gun" is a standard pastry bag.


ferret88  Friday Feb 24 12:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by capnhowdy
Cookie Jenga, Anyone?



capnhowdy  Friday Feb 24 03:29 PM

Thanks Wolf. Interesting. I always wondered what they used.

..and I was headed to the patent office.



Elspode  Friday Feb 24 03:49 PM

Could you modify it and turn it into a high-velocity sugar cannon?



glatt  Friday Feb 24 04:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode
Could you modify it and turn it into a high-velocity sugar cannon?
My wife and I did this with our kids a few weeks ago.

(See Howtoons for detailed intructions.)


chrisinhouston  Monday Feb 27 04:18 PM

For some reason when I saw the title of this ITOD, "London in Biscuits" I was reminded of the opening line of that song, "April in Paris"




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