Yesterday was a really interesting day. I jumped into a massive pool of marshmallows. I was shot with confetti from a pig’s behind. I fell from the sky with massive red balls floating all around me. I drowned in chocolate. I rode a cow. I pushed my way through curtains of inflatable pillows and dangling threads. And I ate a lot of candy. A lot. To be fair, the sky part and the drowning part were camera tricks. But the rest… Well, I did those.
It’s all part of an exhibit/experience called Candytopia curated by “Hollywood Candy Queen” Jackie Sorkin. Zac Hartog is responsible for the fabrication and bringing it all to fruition is, “life-long retailer” John Goodman. Candytopia is currently in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Dallas for four month stints. The project is designed to “celebrate the vibrant colors and flavors of our favorite sugary delights across over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami.”
Visitors go from room to room where they will see sculptures and collages made entirely of candy as well as have the chance to swing in the “trees,” ride the revolving candy swirl, smell the “roses,” jump around in the marshmallows, get shot with confetti, and generally have some of the silliest, smile-worthy moments a person could ask for. The highlight of the visit, aside from the super fun photo opps, was the amazing staff. I happened to go in the middle of the day on a tour where I was the solo guest and every staff member made sure I got the full experience (not even knowing I was a media!)
I don’t remember the last time I grinned and giggled so much. It was an hour of thinking about nothing except what crazy thing might be awaiting me around the corner. I spent the whole time filling my pockets with sweets and taking the most amazing photos – many of which I took using their Candytopia app which allows visitors to use the Candy Rush feature to take advantage of the overhead cameras installed throughout the show. The photos appear right on the app free of charge.
It was like a lovely dream filled with smiling unicorns and flying pigs; fine art recast in sugary confections; and even a visit to a clock “museum” and the magical depths of the sea. I had a blast all on my own thanks to the incredible staff. But I would encourage anyone to gather a gaggle of friends, any age will do, and immerse yourself in all things sweet and sugary. It’s the kind of rainbow infused high we could all use right about now…
Candytopia is now open in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Dallas. For more on Candytopia, visit their website candytopia.com.