As you know art knows no bounds and the only boundaries that an artist has is in his or her imagination. This applies to the actual art as well as some of the materials used for producing this art. People have known to take the most mundane of things and create stunning art works with these materials. In this article we will be talking about sculptures made from something that may not be that good for your heart when you consume too much but will really do good to your heart when you look at them.
Yes, we are talking about sculptures made of butter! Butter? You ask, is it possible to use this delicious cooking material to create works of art? Indeed it is and you will see some interesting samples here that will confirm our claim of sculptures made from butter.
Just think about it, butter is something that is really pliable and can hold its shape when it is cold. These are exactly the qualities that one looks for when one is trying out a new mode of art. Something that makes for carving without too much effort but firm enough to hold the shape that is given. Plus you have heard of ice sculptures for wedding, banquets and formal dinner parties, then why not butter carving to grace your dinner table? It looks good and tastes delicious too!
We agree that the thought of butter as a medium for art is something that most people who are not familiar with this art, will find difficult to wrap their mind around, but the fact is sculpting out of butter has been an art form since ancient times.
There have been findings that indicate the prevalence of this art form right from Babylon to even Britain. Sculpting out of butter made from Yak milk along with dyes to color it is a tradition among Tibetan Buddhists. In the seventeenth century during the Renaissance period, butter sculptures were known to grace the tables of wealthy Europeans during big dinner parties.
The butter sculpture as a part of art and not for the purpose of consumption can be traced back to the later part of the 18th century when a farm woman from Arkansas displayed her sculpture called “Dreaming Iolanthe” which was the bust of a woman done in butter. She managed to keep it intact with the use of ice and some layered bowls.
Towards the ending of the World War II a campaign was started by dairy associations to propagate their products as against the use of butter substitutes like Margarine. Butter sculptures were part of this campaign.
Strange as this remarkable and delicious art form may seem like, it has become a part of many state fairs that take place across the country. Right from cows to vehicles, to ballet lines of dancers to different farm animals and pretty princesses are carved out of this product. This lovely product that many of us take for granted while eating or cooking has shown great potential to be used as a material for art.
Many a viewer when he or she comes across a sculpture made of butter express their disbelief that butter can be used as the medium for sculpting. Then the next reaction that people have is that it must be pretty easy to do this. But just think about it – does it sound easy working with material that is hard when cold but becomes soft and slippery when it becomes warmer? It is bound to become warm as you touch it to work on it and this can make the process really tough and difficult to finish.