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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)


"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)


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)


"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)


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)


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.