Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory


If you are going to be in NYC or live in the area get over to the Domino Sugar Factory and see the Kara Walker installation that was commissioned by Creative Time.   If just being in the old Domino Sugar Factory wasn’t enough you get to see sculptures made out of sugar.

karasizingThe largest piece is 75 feet in length.

karafrontHere is a shot of the front.

karawalkerIt is a homage to the workers (mostly slaves) who made sweets in the kitchens of the new settlers to the US.

singular statueThere are a variety of these smaller pieces around the room each dripping at the bottom like oozing molasses.

karaInside each of the baskets are pieces of broken sugar.

backendThe most amazing of course if the large piece and here is a shot from the backside.  You can see how she built this piece with wire and then somehow got sugar on top of it that hardened into this structure.

It is not permanent so the time to see it is now.  So glad we went.  There is something unique about the sweetness of the statues vs the sourness of what they stand for including many who are probably very upset about the condos that will eventually take over the Domino Sugar Factory.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Jill Stern

    thanks for letting us know about this- i am going to make it a point to get over there.

    1. Gotham Gal

      you must go. it is quite amazing.nice bumping in to you yesterday.

      1. Jill Stern

        you too- Summer and I were rushing that day.

  2. Mario Cantin

    What I find most remarkable is how the artist was able to instill an air of defiance and pride into the woman despite her having been subjected to something as low as slavery. This statue is a good reflection on human character, I find.It’s also a clever way to ‘dispose’ of several tons of refined sugar!  🙂

    1. Gotham Gal

      agree. she is quite the artist.

  3. awaldstein

    Great find…