This greenhouse is made out of sugar to taunt you
This is one of those things that starts out really cool and ends up making you kind of frustrated, like learning that hot barista you like is a libertarian. Artist William Lamson has built a 99-square-foot greenhouse out of sugar panels. But you can’t actually LICK the sugar panels, because in a cruel twist (or, uh, simple architectural necessity), they’re sandwiched in between glass. Why?! IS LIFE NOT HARD ENOUGH?
Like a mountain chapel or Thoreau’s one-room cabin, Solarium references a tradition of isolated outposts designed for reflection. Each of the 162 panels is made of sugar cooked to different temperatures and then sealed between two panes of window glass … In warm months, a 5×8 ft panel on each side of the house opens up to allow viewers to enter and exit the house from all directions. In addition to creating a pavilion like environment, this design references the architecture of a plant leaf, where the stomata opens and closes to help regulate the plants temperature.
Storm King commissioned Solarium for the 2012 Light and Landscape show. Each sugar panel is a different color, thanks to the various temperatures (whether they taste different, we’ll never know). I guess it’s like “arty” and stuff. That’s cool, but what am I supposed to eat for dessert?