It was a privilege for us to partner with Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, PA for a second year in a row, creating another chocolate creation for their “Chocolate Covered February” event. The 2018 sculpture was kept a well guarded secret until it’s official debut on the first weekend of February and was a delight for all that attended. The life size Milton Hershey sculpture paid tribute to his legacy of making milk chocolate a treat all people could afford as well as his philanthropic dedication to the Hershey School orphanage he opened to care for and educate children in need.
This video shows Part 1 of the process of Making Milton Hershey – The Armature Stage. A strong armature is a necessity when creating sculpture, especially when you are dealing with food materials that can be very soft. This armature also will have to hold up while it’s being transported to it’s final destination as a finished sculpture, so it is imperative the a thoughtful design be laid out ahead. In this time lapse video you will see Jim and I, creating the understructure first out of metal and then adding foam which we carve down into a very close likeness to the image of our subject, a standing Milton Hershey. We spent about 12 days creating the armature. In a follow up video we will share with you Part 2 that will show us applying milk chocolate on top of the understructure and finishing the life sized sculpture with the necessary detail and patina.
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Marie and Jim