This lovely sofa is really edible art! Created by Argentine sculptor Leandro Erlich, this replica of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona couch is actually a chocolate cake! It was created for a one-time event exhibition called "Let Them Eat Art." The name of the piece is “You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too.” Ironically, the cake was actually eaten by the attendees.
Closeup of Couch Cushion
Insiders report the texture of the piece actually felt like a leather couch. However, all of the icing details are actually made of chocolate.
The piece was made for an decadent and wild event exhibit called "Let Them Eat Art," hosted by the Haunch of Venizon. True to the name and nature of the event, attendees devoured the couch that evening, leaving only a few crumbs.
Leandro Erlich prefers architecturally-inspired, multi-faceted experiential sculpture. He often includes environmental augmentations, like sounds and mood lighting, as part of the piece to maximize audience participation in experiencing his art.
For more information on Leandro Erlich, try these links.
Sean Kelly Gallery and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
Here's another example of his work. This one's called Swimming Pool (2008). Another interactive piece, the people are living exhibit attendees ... including the ones standing at the bottom of the pool.