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The Jiggling, Gelatinous Creations of a Pop-Up Jell-O Exhibition || Atlas Obscura

  “Nothing Says I Love You Like Green Jell-O” by chef Justin K. Dillree.    PHOTO COURTESY KATE MEDLEY

“Nothing Says I Love You Like Green Jell-O” by chef Justin K. Dillree.  PHOTO COURTESY KATE MEDLEY

“It started as a joke,” says Emily Wallace, “and then we were like, ‘Actually, that’s not a bad idea.’”

The idea was a pop-up event celebrating the art of sculpted foods, particularly gelatin foods in all their elaborate, multi-colored glory. (Whether they be savory aspics or fruit-filled Jell-Os.) The name, chosen by Emily with her friends Kate Elia and Kate Medley, was “O Moldy Night,” a riff on the iconic Christmas carol “O Holy Night” referring to the many molds used to shape Jell-O and aspics. So one night in Durham, North Carolina, home cooks and professional chefs displayed their creative concoctions in a hotel lobby. Beyond Jell-O, most anything made with a mold was welcome.

The three main organizers, Medley, Wallace, and Elia, work as artists and professionals in the local culinary scene and have an interest in blurring the line between art and food.

“Molded foods are so visually stunning and weird,” says Medley, a photographer and filmmaker. “Why not elevate them on a pedestal?”

Read more here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/jello-art