CLOSE
Henry Hargreaves
Henry Hargreaves

An Artist Proves There's Enough Sugar In Your Soda to Create a Lollipop

Henry Hargreaves
Henry Hargreaves

The next time you go out to eat, consider ordering a lollipop to wash down your chicken caesar salad. You might as well: That Coke you reach for has enough sugar to create one, an artist from New Zealand has proved.

In a recent series of photographs called (de) hydrate, photographer Henry Hargreaves, who now lives and works in Brooklyn, demonstrates what happens when you remove the liquid from common sugary drinks. “After recently hearing a health professional refer to soda as ‘the cigarettes of our generation,’ I decided to do an experiment to show what’s in soft drinks after the water is boiled away—in other words, dehydrating the hydrator,” Hargreaves told mental_floss in an email. “Once boiled, I took each remaining substance and poured it into a lollipop mold. After all, I figure that’s what you’re essentially getting: candy in costume as a soft drink.”

Hargreaves pours the sugar mixture into his molds.

Hargreaves traces around the bottom of each beverage bottle and brands each resulting disk with the drink's name; he then uses these disks as stencils to create molds for his candies. Next, Hargreaves boils the liquid out of each drink on a stove top and pours the remaining sludgey mixture of sugar, food coloring, and other ingredients into the molds. The molds go into the fridge to harden, and, Voila! Soda 'pops.

Watch Hargreaves at work in the video below.

The results of Hargreaves' experiment-cum-art-project are unappetizing, to say the least. “There was way more sugar in there than I thought,” Hargraeves tells the BBC. “Pretty much all of the lollipop molds I made overflowed ... The other shocking thing was if you took the lollipops and put them into contact with water they became the drinks again.”

Unsurprising, Mountain Dew punched in as the sugariest beverage with 77 grams (2.7 ounces) of the sweet stuff. But even the drinks marketed as “healthier” options—such as Vitamin Water, Honest Tea, and Zico coconut water—contained enough sugar to create a lollipop. So stick to water for your hydrating needs—if you think convenience store beverages are good for you, then you’re the sucker.

The final results:

MOUNTAIN DEW

COKE

VITAMIN WATER

SNAPPLE

MONSTER

ZICO

POWERADE

Check out more of Hargreaves's work on his website, Instagram, or Facebook.

All images courtesy Henry Hargreaves

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
arrow
Art
The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
iStock
iStock

The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
arrow
Art
This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
iStock
iStock

It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios