Jeremy Laffon

Among other things, sculpture and artist Jeremy Laffon has gained fame from the creation of elaborate chewing gum towers, meticulously stacked and balanced to create fantastical pieces of architecture. The Daily Mail wrote “With patience and painstaking precision  French artist Jeremy Laffon built the complex geometrical structure, which stood  at almost two metres and was nearly  three metres long. The sticks were stacked, piled and assembled  with care, but Laffon deliberately melted a few so that the towers would  eventually fall down.

Laffon, from Marseilles, explained that he  wanted the towers to begin disintegrating, despite all his months of hard  work. ‘It represents a sculpture of frustration and  that’s why I chose to knock it down by melting a few crucial  pieces. After melting a few sticks, the work fell  down and collapsed slowly.’

The 34-year-old said that it started as a way  to interest his art class: ‘I was invited to teach a room full of art students  and I had to find something that would occupy so many people. ‘I was inspired by the system of  matchitecture, where thousands of matches are used to create a  sculpture. I’ve always been fascinated by the  construction of a house of cards and decided to create a sculpture with a material that hasn’t been used before.’

As a contemporary artist, Laffon was looking  for an original material that would prove to be challenging to work  with. He added: ‘I wanted to use something that was  challenging and the characteristics of chewing gum seemed  perfect. Chewing gum is unstable and I thought that  it would be tough to create a huge sculpture out of this material.’

The scaffolding-like structures were made  into fragile twisting towers and Laffon artist had to adapt his methods to make  sure the sculpture could start off properly upright.He said: ‘I tried to complete the design by  just using saliva, but  that wasn’t strong enough, so I had to use glue to make  it secure. Then, the sculpture was constructed much  like a house of cards.’

The sculptures had a strong resemblance to a  city skyline – but Laffon did not have a particular place in  mind. He added: ‘Inevitably, the sculpture makes  people think of a city because of the geometrical construction.’

Laffon bought the gum from a French  supermarket, before Cadbury France stepped in to supply him with the  rest.

Solent News & Photo Agency

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