Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory

To mark the demolition of Brooklyn’s legendary Domino Sugar factory, Kara Walker built a giant sphinx-like sculpture from sugar, surrounded by little childlike melting candied figures.

The impact came from not only the sheer size of the sculpture, but how it filled the dark hollowed abandoned space with radiating glow.

There is a very clear narrative of the labourers working the sugar cane fields, the factory workers that refined the sugar, and the irony of the grueling work to produce such a sweet product.  It also goes without saying the bittersweet taste of progress versus gentrification and the ongoing construction changing the face of Brooklyn.

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