American artist Stephen Shanabrook gives new meaning to the phrase “dark chocolate” with his 2006 piece “On the Road to Heaven Highway to Hell,” an exacting duplicate of the remains of a suicide bomber sculpted in everyone’s favorite confection.
Shanabrook, who spent his youth working at a chocolate factory, has previously turned the medium to macabre ends with his “Morgue Chocolates” series — a set of luxury chocolate boxes filled with confections representing stab wounds, bullet wounds, rough autopsy sutures, and other trauma sites. Like his suicide bomber, these pieces are crafted in loving detail. And there’s no questioning the realism as these sweets were cast from molds Shanabrook made from actual bodies while visiting morgues in Russia.
Not appetizing, you say? Apparently not everyone agrees, as some of Shanabrook’s pieces have disappeared into hungry mouths while on exhibition. “Mostly kids,” he explains in an interview with Vice Magazine. “They’re not scared of it. They just want the chocolate.”
(Pictures via eatmedaily.com)