It’s tough being a famous artist. Provocateur Paul McCarthy incurred the wrath (and physical blows) of offended Parisians this month with his giant inflatable “Tree” sculpture in the Place Vendome plaza. The artwork, which looks like both a Christmas tree and a butt plug, was so incendiary that vandals deflated it shortly after.
Hopefully part two of the exhibit will be attack-free. Through January 4, the newly reopened Paris Mint (Monnaei de Paris) is hosting a remounted version of the L.A. artist’s 2007 installation, “Chocolate Factory.”
The chocolate machine. (Photos: Marc Domage/ courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth)
The installation consists of a working production line churning out small chocolate replicas of “Tree” as well as Santas holding the sex-toy-like conifer. According to Wallpaper, more than 4,500 figurines have already been made out of Callebaut 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate.
The naughty St Nicks are available in the exhibition gift shop. (Photo: Svetlana Bachevanova/courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth)
Wallpaper reports that visitors will first walk past a new group of inflatable trees before they reach the Willy Wonka-esque factory, where they can “observe platinum-wigged workers a few shades less creepy than Oompa Loompas.”
This year’s Halloween costume? (Photos: Marc Domage/ courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth)
Viewers can even purchase the 300g edible sculptures for €50, to vandalize in whatever way they choose.