Art Imitates Food at the Waldorf - NBC New York

Art Imitates Food at the Waldorf



    A Brooklyn artist brings 800 pounds of chocolate to reality. (Published Monday, July 12, 2010)

    You can look but you can’t eat.

    Some people go to the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue for the luxury. Some go for the splendor. Others go for the 800 pounds of M&M’s.
    Brooklyn artist Robin Antar spent a year polishing an 800-pound bag of M&M’s into an 18” by 15” by 20” sculpture. 
    The Yule marble is making viewers — and potential buyers—question if it’s real chocolate or just a sculpture.
    The fantasy is among other sculptures of iconic American products, including Crest toothpaste, Milano cookies, and even boxing gloves. A Skechers’ logger boot, a pair of Diesel jeans and jacket, a bottle of Heinz Ketchup, a bottle of Chateau Haut-Brion Champagne are also part of Antar’s collection.
    The New York native -- named the Best of American Sculptors 2007 and 2010 -- is the winner of numerous awards including: the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, the Gold Medal of Honor from The Allied Artists of America, and the Gretchen Richardson award for carved sculpture from the National Association of Woman Artists, NYC.
    Antar’s works have appeared in museums, galleries, corporate offices and universities. The artist has even appeared on HGTV’s That’s Clever, where she transformed a block of stone into a life-like boot.