Wild Sweets' chocolate sculptures, photos to appear on display at the Richmond Art Gallery

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      Chocolate sculptures often come in the form of bunnies and Easter eggs or Santa Clauses and Christmas trees.

      This spring, Wild Sweets is taking chocolate art to another level.

      Run by husband-and-wife chocolate-making team of Dominique and Cindy Duby, Wild Sweets has announced a new first-of-its-kind art exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery's City Hall Galleria (6911 No. 3 Road).

      In partnership with visual and graphic artist Linda Mitsui (owner of Profile Design Group), the exhibition, called Wild Sweets CoCoArt…from Cocoa bean to Chocolate to Art!, launches on April 17. It will be on display until June 18.

      The sculptures are made entirely out of chocolate. Called Abstract Geometry, they're built around the them of geometric spheres. Each piece weighs approximately 75 pounds.

      The installation will also include print canvases of Wild Sweets’ colourful CoCoArt photography, which features the pair’s hand-painted chocolates.

      Wild Sweet's CoCoArt photography showcase the company's' hand-painted chocolates.
      Wild Sweets.

      “We are very pleased to collaborate with Wild Sweets creative team to highlight a unique approach to art, using chocolate as their medium, at the Richmond Art Gallery,” the gallery’s director, Shaun Dacey, said in a statement. “The Richmond Art Gallery aims to support local artists and the upcoming Wild Sweets installation is a novel and completely distinct addition to the gallery.” 

      Wild Sweets has also released its Spring/Easter limited-edition Chocolate Art Gateau.  

      It consists of a praliné base with crispy crêpes peanut milk chocolate; light chocolate peanut-and-lemon zest Sacher-type cake; slow-baked crème brûlée infused with fresh lemongrass then whipped with blended bean-to-bar chocolate; and cold-set lemon, yuzu, orange, and mango infused with fresh mint crème brûlée cream.

      The cake ($28.99), which serves six to nine people, is finished with a yellow cocoa-butter velour spray, French macarons, hand-painted chocolate décor, as well as a graphically designed printed (and nonedible) card.

      More info is at Wild Sweets.

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