Istanbul Design Biennial

In combining the overlooked art of sugar sculpture with traditional Turkish carpentry, AVM Curiosities’ installation for the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial challenged our perceptions of the edible world around us, engaging our intellects and senses in a new consideration of food culture.

The inspiration for the installation refered to a quote by Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi; ‘This sea of sugar knows no shore, no boundary’. In keeping with the spiritual nature of the source, the work had an almost altar like quality to it, with the sugar patterns radiating like waves and rosewater scented air being a reference to ritual purification, and the scent’s association with the prophet Muhammad.


This Sea of Sugar Knows No Bounds | Mixed media with sugar, rosewater and wood | 150 x 150 x 10cm | Istanbul Design Biennial | Galata Greek School, Kemeralti | 1 November – 14 December 2014.