Joseph Marr makes sculptures out of boiled sugar, a medium that reflects his theme of ‘desire’ in its variety of colours and flavours, and the way it induces cravings that are only temporarily satisfied. Sometimes he exhibits his work without a resin or polyurethane protective layer so that people can give in to their impulse to touch, smell and taste.

Marr personifies ‘desire’ in figures that resemble sculptures from classical antiquity. Creating them is a lengthy process that requires patience from both artist and the model who must stand for hours – sometimes all night – while a 3D scanner produces the silicon negative that becomes the sugar mould.

Marr lives and works in Berlin where his 9-metre long sculpture Together, made from 250 kg of cola-flavoured sugar is displayed at the nightclub, Berghain.

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