It has grown into a national and international sensation.
Tourists are flying in from Detroit, Paris, Hong Kong, Nashville… and heading straight to Brooklyn to see it: the sugar sphinx.
“A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby,” is a larger-than-life homage by artist and sculptor Kara Walker “to the unpaid and overworked artisans who have refined our sweet tastes.”
The exhibit, which opened May 10, and will conclude Sunday, July 6, is sculpted from 35 tons of white sugar, making it, perhaps, the most delectable creations of art that Williamsburg has ever seen.
The messages of the exhibit are at once passive-aggressive, screaming while whispering, Ask me why I am sitting so; ask me why I am naked.
Ask me why I am clearly an African woman, yet every inch of me is snow-white.
Set inside of an abandoned 11-acre warehouse– the old Domino Sugar Factory– which will be demolished later this year, the exhibit transports visitors to a time long before the digital innovations of their iPhones used to Instagram her every angle– a time when forced labor was the latest form of technology.
Walker’s marvelous Sugar Baby exhibit is beautiful, arresting or, at the very least, will give viewers pause.
So if you live in Central Brooklyn, the backyard of this historic exhibit, and you have not yet gone to see it, hurry!
This sticky confection has a remaining shelf life of about two more weeks.