Art with a use-by date

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 March, 2007, 12:00am

To promote its restaurants, Festival Walk has invited American artist Jim Victor to the Kowloon Tong mall to carve giant chunks of chocolate, butter and cheese into artworks shaped like a Peking duck, a giant hamburger and other food. The 62-year-old admits it's an odd career sidetrack to shape and mould food items, and the trained artist and teacher explained it all started with a Broadway show.

'An associate asked me to do a food sculpture in the early 1980s for Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, who were in the Broadway hit Sugar Babies,' he recalled. 'It was to be used in a publicity event. That's how I got started. Actually, that day Ann leaned on the table and knocked her sculpture over. We spent five hours fixing it and I was covered head to toe in chocolate.'

His exhibits here will last until April 9 (when the dairy sculpture expires?). On his first visit to Asia, Victor hopes to see more than just the tourist spots. 'Above all, I want to find a temple where the Shaolin monks live and watch them practise kung fu - maybe people doing tai chi.' Well, for the latter we have some suggestions.