The table is set.
At the head a pan pizza, red sauce and yellow cheese blending to orange garnished with onions, pepperoni and black olives. A hot dog and sub separate a birthday cake from its accompanying present. A paper plate wrapping a three scoop banana split notes, “I want to go to Friendly’s,” with a smiley face and brushes against a ripe pitted watermelon. A strawberry frosted donut with sprinkles seems to be keeping its distance from a white powdered cousin. Strawberries, one at brief glance looking more like a rose, sit uneasily atop two chocolate cupcakes.
A quick glance will whet your appetite if you’re passing by the storefront window focused on destination or purpose. A second glance, however, will raise question of texture. Stop and stare and the rubber band around the sub is a dead give away, with the purple cardboard slices giving pause for reflection. Then the sign indicating these are sculptures produced by eighth grade students at Frazer School. Actually the rubber band was removed for the storefront window display.
Inspired by Oldenburg
A paragraph in the window at 327 Montgomery St. explains the exhibit. “Inspired by the living artist Claes Oldenburg,” Ms. Curle the art teacher notes, “middle school students created these plaster sculptures. With the idea of creating their favorite foods, the students first made an armature using aluminum foil, cardboard and oak tag paper. They then applied strips of plaster over the armatures and finished by painting the food.”
Credit cards in the display indicate a refreshing multi-cultural mix of sculpters — Quynh Nhu Le and Jennifer Nguyen did the birthday cake, Tariq Miller the sub, Ephrain Cruz and Jessie Chen the pizza, November Keene the donuts, Renisha McDonald the present, Quoc Phan the watermelon, Lillian Truong the cup cakes, Kireese Russell the hot dog and Tylnogy Jones the ice cream — but the standard American treat genres reflect how quickly food can acculturate youth.