Gallery: Sandy-Destroyed Persian Carpet Made of Real Sugar Gets Restore...

  • Photo: Taken by Guy L’Heureux during the “Tapis de sucre – 3″ exhibition by Aude Moreau at the Darling Foundry in 2008

    Considering that Hurricane Sandy ravaged entire neighborhoods, it’s no surprise that artist Aude Moreau’s giant carpet made of real sugar was washed away in the storm. But it looks like Brooklyn’s Smack Mellon Gallery, where the work was housed, will be getting some sweet revenge. Thanks to a donation of two tons of sugar by Domino Sugar, the Sugar Carpet has been restored to its delicate and delicious glory. Photo: Taken by Guy L’Heureux during the “Tapis de sucre – 3″ exhibition by Aude Moreau at the Darling Foundry in 2008

    Moreau’s sumptuous oversized Persian carpet first appeared on Smack Mellon’s floor last year. Painstakingly screened in white, red and black sugar, the piece was gorgeously detailed with floral print around its black edges, and the sugar was held in place with only a small outlining frame that kept the granules inside the rectangular form.

    Like a sand mandala, the Sugar Carpet was meant to be ephemeral, losing its shape if moved, and meant only to be viewed at a site-specific location. But Hurricane Sandy decided to speed up that process. During the storm, six feet of water flooded Smack Mellon’s floor, instantly dissolving Moreau’s piece on contact.

    For the past three months, the staff at Smack Mellon have worked tirelessly to get the gallery back into shape and cleaned up, and were finally able to reopen recently. Suffering $400,000 in damages, the gallery’s two spaces, media lab, offices, artist studios and kitchen were totally destroyed by the waters of the East River.

    But thanks in part to Brooklyn-based Domino Sugar, the gallery was able to reconstruct Sugar Carpet, and re-open with two stunning exhibitions. If you’re looking to support the gallery, please head on over to check out the Sugar Carpet as well as a two-channel video installation by Janet Biggs.

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  1. Keri-Anne Slate August 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    This is really sickening to be honest, especially to those who are still homeless and hungry thanks to Sandy. As much as I love the arts. This is a waste may ants enjoy this rug.

  2. Chad Mason February 7, 2013 at 9:18 am