Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves
Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves

Scanned Images of Seasonal Produce Transformed Into Works of Art

Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves
Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves

We eat with our eyes first, and art duo Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves have taken that concept to a whole new level with their food-inspired photography. The pair has been collaborating for over a decade to create pieces that use scenes of food to explore everything from history to architecture. Their latest project, Food Scans, examines the aesthetics of seasonal produce month by month.

By arranging fruits and vegetables on a scanner and mirroring them to form patterns, the artists have succeeded in creating mesmerizing works of art. On their website, they describe the project as follows: 

Just as produce picked at peak flavor requires very little adornment on the plate, such was the case with these pictures. Simply placed on the scanner, we're able to see every curve, nook, and cranny in incredible detail — and mirrored images allow us to explore symmetry, natural beauty, and the way imperfections and inconsistencies often become the most breathtaking examples of nature's artistry.

If the approach of winter has you bummed about the dwindling produce selection, these photos will get you excited to eat seasonal. Check out the whole series below and head over to Hargreaves and Levin's website for more of their quirky collections.

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

All images courtesy of Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves.

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Candytopia, the Interactive Art Installation Made of Sweet Treats, Is Coming to New York City
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A colorful exhibition is sharing some eye candy—and actual candy—with visitors. The sweet art pop-up, called Candytopia, is heading to New York City this summer following successful stints in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Gothamist reports.

Candytopia feels a little like Willy Wonka’s chocolate room. More than a dozen rooms with psychedelic backdrops will be on view, as well as candy-inspired interpretations of famous artworks such as Mona Lisa and The Thinker. The installation is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the star of TLC’s Candy Queen.

Many of the art installations are made from actual candy, but unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
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An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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A candy version of the Mona Lisa
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[h/t Gothamist]

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