The day is almost here! A special chocolate smashing event at St George’s is taking place next week - the culmination of a sweet arts project by local artist Luke Jerram in collaboration with museums and other attractions across Bristol celebrating the city’s inspiring culture and history.
‘Edible Histories’, which is funded by the West of England Mayoral Authority, led by Mayor Dan Norris, and that combines chocolate, history and sculpture, has seen five historical objects that tell Bristol’s inspiring story having been selected to be sculpted in fairly traded chocolate.
Now all five objects, which have been wrapped in gold foil, and displayed with their original pieces within the much-loved attractions who’ve signed up to the project across the city, will for the first time will be brought together for a very special, and messy, event at St. Georges Bristol.
Weighing in at over 100kg and around 1m each in size, the objects include the largest chocolate button in history from Glenside Hospital Museum, a giant chocolate gorilla from Bristol Zoo Project and an iconic, supersonic chocolate Concorde jet plane from Aerospace Bristol.
The event will see an introduction about the project by Mr Jerram and a talk by historian Dr Richard Stone, who is a specialist in Bristol’s history and the transatlantic slave trade, in front of a crowd of 500 who got tickets, before the objects are introduced by the participating venues.
The event will see the objects broken up via special hammers and chisels by ten specially selected members of the public who have been chosen by random from a ballot, alongside a live musical accompaniment on grand piano.
Mayor Dan Norris will formally conclude the event, and the Edible Histories project. With over £500 already raised in public donations for the Trussell Trust in Bristol, much of the chocolate will also go to foodbanks across the city after the event.