Orlando, Florida – October 1, 2015 – Art and chocolate go hand in hand, according to Eduard Fink, Director of the World of Chocolate Museum on International Drive in Orlando.
The native of Austria has built a museum honoring everything chocolate, with an informative tour that provides a history of chocolate, as well as a display of artistic sculptures created from both white and dark chocolate. He is familiar with how chocolate has been used in art around the world. So when he saw artist Robert Ottesen’s latest work, he was very excited.
“People have painted and sculpted with chocolate,” says Eduard, “but I have never seen chocolate used as part of a printing process until now. Mr. Ottesen has created something truly unusual, and I am glad to include his work as an exhibit on our tour.”
The print in question is a photo-realistic image of the Taj Mahal, printed with ten layers of chocolate ink. The image is striking, and the artist behind the print had a reason for selecting the Taj Mahal as his subject.
“The Taj Mahal has a wonderful story behind it,” Ottesen says. “It was built by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, so it is truly a monument to romance. And since chocolate is the food of romance, it seemed appropriate to print the Taj using chocolate. It wasn’t an easy process, but I think it was worth the effort. It’s truly a special piece.”
Eduard isn’t the only person who has taken an interest in the print. Mark Barbour, Curator of the International Printing Museum in Carson, California, has the only other copy. According to Barbour, “It is an excellent example of the art of printing combined with craftsmanship and scientific experimentation. Robert pushed the edges on standard ink technology, beyond what ink-makers thought could be done; the result is a piece of printed art that has found a home at the International Printing Museum near Los Angeles, the world’s largest collection of working antique printing equipment.”
The World of Chocolate Museum is at 11701 International Drive in Orlando. The print will be viewable as part of the regular museum tour beginning October 1, 2015. For reservations or additional information, the museum may be contacted at 407-778-4871.