Gingerbread Phage


photo of gingerbread phage

Title: Gingerbread Phage

Artist: Brandi Baros and Dawn Humphrey

Medium: Mixed media
"Cell surface" composed of chocolate chip cookie with M&M-encircled gingerbread insert "receptors." "Phage capsid" composed of gingerbread on a plastic "scaffold," with gumdrop 5-fold axis "decoration proteins" and red licorice whips as "external scaffold." "Phage tail" composed of gingerbread disc "tail tube protein" and fruit leather "tape measure protein." "Tail fibers" composed of cinnamon candy canes. "DNA" composed of shoelace-type red licorice. Contents held together by whipped sugar icing "hydrophobic interactions."

This work was disincorporated on the day of its international debut at the holiday party of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences in December 1997, when it was transmogrified into the bodies of various biologists. Subsequently the various media of which it was composed (except for the plastic) were decomposed to CO2 and at this moment of your viewing it its atoms may be in the very air you are breathing.