Jelly Mongers!

2 comments April 1st, 2009at 11:22am Posted by Eli

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

I suppose it’s not that shocking that jello could be used as an artistic medium, but I never imagined it could be taken quite this far:

SAM BOMPAS and Harry Parr have built painstakingly correct models of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge, and a Madrid airport terminal complete with tiny airplanes.


Shimmering, brightly colored gelatin is the chosen medium of Mr. Bompas and Mr. Parr, two young products of Eton and University College, London, who have quickly become England’s leading jelly artists, or as they call themselves, jelly mongers.


Mr. Bompas, 25, said: “We’ll do pretty much anything. We’ve made an entire jellied Christmas dinner, hundreds of layers, each a different course, for television as the ultimate Christmas jelly.”

For Hawksmoor restaurant in London, they created a ziggurat inspired by the steeple of an 18th-century church.


They make their own molds, designing them on a computer in the workshops of University College that translates them into three-dimensional models and transfers the specifications to a machine that makes plaster casts of the molds, called plugs. Once the plug is made, thin, malleable high-impact polystyrene plastic is applied to it in a vacuum to form the individual molds.


Although they work in a traditional medium, some of their projects verge on the avant-garde. In collaboration with a chemistry professor at University College, they used food-safe quinine to make jelly that emits a bluish glow under black light. Other experiments are in the works, including growing crystals inside the jelly.

Besides chemistry, they have had to learn engineering and also cooking. At the end of the day, or rather at the end of the meal, a jelly has to be tasty.

Amazing.  Be sure to check out the slideshow, and the Bompas & Parr website.

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Coolness,Weirdness


  • 1. Charles  |  April 1st, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    [Homer] mmm. airlinerssss! [/Homer]

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