Kara Walker's Giant Sugar Sphinx

Earlier this week Kara Walker's impressive large installation was unveiled to a star-studded crowd in New York at Creative Time's annual benefit. This 75-foot-high white sphinx sculpture is made of sugar and sits in the decommissioned Domino Sugar Factor in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The installation offers a complex commentary on the history of plantation workers and blue-collar laborers in America. Sadly the factory that was erected in 1927 is slated to be torn down and replaced with apartments. As the guests arrived (there were about 700!) Walker exclaimed,

“I am totally thrilled to be honored by Creative Time tonight, and then ritually sacrificed and eaten by my giant sugar sphinx! She is the very hungry lady I have had the pleasure of bringing into this world. Nothing can replace the joy I am feeling in anticipation of this event.”

The installation is opens to the public on May 10th and on view through July 6th. If you are passing by New York, do not miss it!