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Eye candy: Artists discover novel uses for gummy bears

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Artist YaYa Chou threaded 30 pounds of gummy bears onto fishing line to create this functioning "Chandelier." (Courtesy of YaYa Chou)

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"Chandelier," by Los Angeles artist YaYa Chou, is made of gummy bears, beads, monifilament, plastic, metal and a low-watt energy efficient bulb. (Courtesy of YaYa Chou)

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"Gummy Big Bang II" is an explosion of candy gummi bears, worms, sharks and even tarantulas filling a 120-square-foot space. The piece was included in the 2006 Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum. (Photo by Dan Kvitka/Courtesy of Chandra Bocci)

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"Simon"-- a bear skin rug made of gummy bears-- is part of a series of gummy bear sculptures. Artist YaYa Chou says the series is about food, class and nature. (Courtesy of YaYa Chou)

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"Simon"-- a bear skin rug made of gummy bears-- is part of a series of gummy bear sculptures artist YaYa Chou says explore the relationship between food, class and nature. (Courtesy of YaYa Chou)

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Artist Nicole Vogelzang modeled this painting after "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt. The work is 16" x 11" oil on board. (Courtesy of Nicole Vogelzang)

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"Drop," 2004, is one of many gummy bear still-lifes painted by Nicole Vogelzang, an M.F.A. student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. (Courtesy of Nicole Vogelzang)

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Artist YaYa Chou created "Simon" -- a bear skin rug made of gummy bears and faux nailtops on wire armature and canvas -- in 2006. (Courtesy of YaYa Chou)

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Artist Nicole Vogelzang painted "The Decision Maker" in 2003. (Courtesy of Nicole Vogelzang)

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YaYa Chou's "Joy-Coated" -- her comment on the childhood obesity epidemic-- is a toddler-sized mannequin covered with gummy bears. (Courtesy of YaYa Chou)

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Artist Nicole Vogelzang painted "The Meeting" in 2002. Vogelzang was inspired to paint gummies because of their human-like features and the way they reflect light. (Courtesy of Nicole Vogelzang)

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Twenty years after gummy bears first conquered America with their fruity deliciousness and popular television show, they’re making their way into avant-garde art.


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