The Diary: Give her a hand – sculptures look good enough to eat...

Student Emma McLean, with her sculpture of a hand.
Student Emma McLean, with her sculpture of a hand.
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Now, here’s a tasty sculpture. Literally.

Sheffield artist Emma McLean has crafted life-size models from chocolate for an upcoming art exhibition.

She’s moulded teapots and tea cups, plates, tortoises and – seen here – human hands from everyone’s favourite foodstuff. And visitors to her show at S1 Artspace, in Trafalgar Street, city centre, will be invited to tuck in and eat the art.

“So many galleries have rules about not touching or even photographing what’s being displayed,” says the 23-year-old of Arundel Street. “I don’t like that. I think you should interact with the exhibition so yes, people can take home what’s on show to eat it. It’s all edible. Then I will replace what’s been taken with new sculptures.”

It’s as good as it looks too.

Today, ahead of the show, The Diary is invited to sample one of Emma’s tortoises. It tastes like... well, chocolate. But what makes it art as opposed to plain regular confectionery, one wonders?

“This isn’t about trying to manufacture something which could sell in a chocolate shop,” explains Emma, a Hallam Uni masters student who is originally from Oxford. “It’s about creating something – albeit in an unusual material.”

The exhibition, organised as part of her degree, takes place June 13-27.