Gummy Bear Pyramid Light Art Installation
Wander into the land of your imagination as you enter the Gummy Bear Pyramid, a 14 foot tall light art installation made of over 200,000 hand-casted, glowing gummy bears.
Created by Dicapria and the Gummy Bear Pyramid Crew
This art installation was an Honorarium Recipient premiering at Burning Man 2017 and continues to tour the world.
Gummy Bear Pyramid is a 14 foot tall pyramid light installation made out of over 200,000 hand casted gummy bears.
Follow your imaginary sweet tooth to a land of rainbow hue constructed nostalgia.
The Gummy Bear Pyramid is designed to awaken the imagination and encourage creative expression. Our vision is to provide a space that inspires anyone that enters to play and engage with others' creative, colorful minds. It is our hope, that upon entering the pyramid, visitors will start to investigate the rainbow pixelated imagery and discover for themselves what the whole structure is made out of, triggering a sense of playful spiritual reverence that elicits worship of the mind, and the endless possibilities of worlds it can create.
Over 200,000 small bears were hand casted out of custom molds using urethane plastic and dyed to radiate a rainbow prism of translucent hues. The bears are similar in size to that of the traditional candy. Each bear placed individually to form elaborate patterns on all four sides of the pyramid.
The pyramid's base structure is constructed out of metal with custom dual-paned acrylic boxes that encase the mosaic of bears. The translucency of the acrylic allows the sun to illuminate the bears during the day, while LED lights illuminate the pyramid at night. Visitors will be able to enter the pyramid opening up to 250 sq. ft. of play room. The footprint is 16 feet wide on each of the four bases and 14 feet tall at the apex.
Why Gummy Bears?
The original idea came about in 2012, when lead artist, Dicapria, began to experiment with ideas for a new light installation series. The artist, who had been inspired for years by various architectural line work, Tibetan Buddhist sand mandalas, stained glass, crop circles, and the Lite-Brite toy, turned to an unlikely medium- gummy bears. Her 2013 Art Series, Gummy Bear Mandalas, were constructed with gelatin gummy bears and resin in acrylic light boxes and refurbished window frames.
From there, she wanted to take this series a step further: “By expanding the idea into a more large scale geometric shape, I hope that there will be a more direct, intimate experience that provides an opportunity for the imagination to light up and re-awaken, that encourages creative play, and a sort of self-worship of the mind and all the sweetness that the imagination is capable of creating. ” -Dicapria
Will they melt?
Gelatin melts at about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. So we spent a lot of time researching, consulting with experts, and experimenting with different synthetic materials to find the best type of product that could withstand high temperatures and UV rays, was easy to work with and dye, fit within our budget, and cured relatively quickly. We settled on using a type of liquid plastic that we caste from a uniquely designed gummy bear mold. The bears will withstand the heat and sun exposure and will emulate a candy gummy bear, with our own custom designed bear with pyramid belly.
Can I lick the pyramid?
If you'd like...
Exactly how many bears are there?
We're taking guesses. But we estimate around 200,000.
Gummy Bear Pyramid on Tour
The Gummy Bear Pyramid is looking for other festivals, art shows, civic arts displays, etc to be installed at around the world. To inquire about having the Gummy Bear Pyramid installed at your event, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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