French Artist Brings Eye Candy to the PABT

By Rudy King, Media Relations Staff

Bus and car passengers filing through the Port Authority Bus Terminal now have more than crowded lines, ticket windows and travel schedules to keep them busy. They’ve got enormous candy sculptures to sweeten their daily commute.

The first-ever “pop-up” art gallery at the PABT is the work of renowned French contemporary artist Laurence Jenkell, whose striking new exhibit is an exciting visual addition to the facility’s Quality of Commute initiative. “Crossroads of the World” is scheduled to run through January 2019 and features 30 of Jenkell’s life-sized, Lucite-wrapped candy sculptures, as well as 80 additional pieces on display throughout the bus terminal’s North and South wings.

One highlight of the bus terminal exhibit is Jenkell’s tribute to the 37 fallen men and women of the Port Authority Police Department, who were among the first law enforcement personnel to respond to the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The “Tribute Candy” is wrapped in the pattern of the Port Authority 9/11 Remembrance Flag.

Her unique draped and twisting candy art arrived last month at the bus terminal, the latest stop in a world tour that began in 2011 at the G20 Summit in France. Since then, it’s moved to Spain, Singapore, China and the United Arab Emirates. In all, her work is represented in more than 25 countries, including in major private and public collections.

Jenkell’s artwork dates to the early 1990s, when she first started experimenting with different mediums that included watercolor, charcoal, oil, acrylic and engraving. She eventually discovered inclusion resins – the material that gives her current artworks its particular sheen and resiliency –and very quickly developed her own original technique.

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