Scott Hove’s Cakeland is a giant maze made from artificial cake at L.A.’s Think Tank Gallery.

A Los Angeles Artist Created a Maze That Looks Like an Enormous Cake

A Los Angeles Artist Created a Maze That Looks Like an Enormous Cake

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March 1 2016 9:02 AM

A Los Angeles Artist Created a Maze That Looks Like an Enormous Cake

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Self-taught artist Scott Hove has built an enormous maze made of artificial cake as part of the “Break Bread” show at L.A.’s Think Tank Gallery.

Think Tank Gallery

Scott Hove is a Los Angeles–based artist whose “Cakeland” is an ongoing series of artificial cake sculptures and installations. The self-taught artist writes on his website that his work is a comment on “our notions of comfort, pleasure, celebration and their dark counterparts in the form of carefully crafted artificial cakes.”

Hove’s new installation at L.A.’s Think Tank Gallery is part of a 7,500-square-foot maze in the form of a wood-and-acrylic faux gâteau that looks like something Marie Antoinette might have had nightmares about as she waited for the guillotine. It is part of a show and programming series called “Break Bread” that runs until March 14.

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A slice of “Cakeland” at the Think Tank Gallery.

Think Tank Gallery

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Another view of Hove’s artifical cake maze at L.A.’s Think Tank Gallery.

Think Tank Gallery

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Another “Cakeland” installation in Oakland, California.

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Hove says he chooses his materials “according to their own inherent beauty and/or violence,” using objects like fake fruit, switchblades, Swarovski crystals, stiletto heels, and taxidermy jaws to festoon his cake sculptures made with “fluffy, delicious-looking fake frosting, piped through a pastry bag using traditional cake decorator’s techniques, capturing my own idea of the perfect cake archetype.”

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Using cake as a metaphor for talking about the dualistic nature of contemporary culture, Hove writes that each of his cakes and installations are intended to “attract and repel” and “engage the viewer’s emotions with a sense of imminent beauty and satisfaction, quickly followed with impending threat.”

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A view of Hove’s dizzying artificial cake maze in Oakland.

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“Cakeland” in Oakland.

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Views of another “Cakeland” installation in Oakland.

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Kristin Hohenadel's writing on design has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Fast Company, Vogue, Elle Decor, Lonny, and Apartment Therapy.