Liz Hickok Builds Amazing Architectural Models Out of Jell-O

by , 02/01/11
filed under: Architecture, Art, Design

Liz Hickok, Jell-O Architecture, jello, eco art, temporary art, architecture, architectural models, sf, nyc

INHABITAT: Any chance you use organic Jell-O? Or have any other green/eco strategies to your work?

Liz Hickok: As far as I know organic Jell-O is not very common, and it would be hard to purchase in the bulk quantities that I need. I could use agar agar, but it doesn’t have the same flexible quality or translucence as traditional gelatin or Jell-O.

I’ve recently been using a new material called Gel Wax, which is meant for candle making (it is not edible). One advantage of the Gel Wax if that I can cast it and then re-melt unlimited times. Plus, similar to gelatin, it creates beautiful, trembling buildings.

I’ve been particularly excited by my recent discovery of flexible LED ribbon lights. Now I want to incorporate them into everything I do!

INHABITAT: Plans for the future? What do you want to do next?

Liz Hickok: I’m in the process of experimenting with a lot of new materials and will probably be phasing out of using Jell-O, at least for a while. (In addition to the LED’s) I have been thinking about using plants as a central element in my sculptural and photographic work. I think it would be fascinating and challenging to work with living materials. But I’m still in a very experimental phase, so we will see how that develops. That may end up being part of a completely different path from my interest in mapping and cities.

+ Liz Hickok

Images ©Liz Hickok

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