Talk about a “sweet” piece of art! Award-winning food artist Michelle Wibowo of Michelle Sugar Art recently recreated one of Michelangelo’s finest masterpieces, The Creation of Adam, out of cake decorations, or more specifically 10,000 marshmallows and around half a billion cake sprinkles! The original painting adorns part of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and was painted circa 1511–1512.
It took the artist 168 hours to complete her impressive piece, which measures 5.7 meters wide by 2.8 meters tall. It was commissioned by the baking company Cake Angels to mark 450 years since the Italian master sculptor died in Rome at the age of 88.
Set on plywood, the piece was first divided into grids and then Wibowo spent three days sketching the outline with pencil. While Michelangelo’s original painting was made with over 200 colors, Wibowo used just 24 different colored sprinkles to make her creation. When we asked what her greatest challenge were, Wibowo told us that one of them was mixing the sprinkles together to create the perfect color.
“But above all I had to finish it in time for the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death and, for that last day, I had to work 19 hours non-stop.”
The work is actually edible with the glue being made of a mixture of icing sugar, butter and vanilla frosting. To see it all amazingly come together, watch the making-of video, below.