Conshohocken artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton have achieved global fame by turning thousands of pounds of butter into works of art, writes Jason Nark for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Together, the couple make large butter sculptures for numerous agricultural shows and fairs all over the country. They are also responsible for most of the butter sculptures created for the Pennsylvania Farm Shows since the mid-1990s.
The sculptures are made from waste butter they get from plants.
“It’s stuff that’s been extruded or cleaned out, or stuff that’s been damaged, or generally can’t be sold to the public,” said Pelton.
In addition to butter, they create sculptures from chocolate, cheese, and ice.
Their latest work was the 52nd annual American Dairy Association North East butter sculpture, unveiled this month at the virtual New York State Fair. The 800-pound pandemic-themed piece featuring children learning online and a masked milkman took ten days to create.
And while most of their sculptures are short-lived, one chocolate Statue of Liberty in Las Vegas has been on display for six years.
“The food sculptures we do live on in photographs and pictures, and that’s how we document them,” said Pelton.
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