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September
2012

Masterpieces of Jelly Belly Art on Display at COSI, the Center of Science and Industry

Approximately 84,000 Jelly Belly® Jelly Beans Used to Re-Create Classics

FAIRFIELD, CALIF., August 1, 2012 The Masterpieces of Jelly Belly Bean Art Collection is on exhibit this fall and winter at COSI, the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio. Eight massive pieces of art made entirely from Jelly Belly® jelly beans are on display from September 26, 2012 through until January 13, 2013. Each sweet artwork in the collection is a replica of a classic painting found in some of the world’s most prestigious museums.

Jelly Belly Art stands approximately four-feet-by-six-feet-tall and is made with up to 9,000-12,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans. The Collection includes:

  • American Gothic (original by Grant Wood)
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring (original by Johannes Vermeer)
  • The Great Wave Off Kanagawa (original by Katsushika Hokusai)
  • Mona Lisa (original by Leonardo da Vinci)
  • The Starry Night (original by Vincent van Gogh)
  • We Can Do It! (original by J. Howard Miller)
  • Woman with a Mango (original by Paul Gauguin)
  • Young Blonde Girl (original by Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Commissioned by Jelly Belly Candy Company, California artist Kristen Cummings created The Masterpieces of Jelly Belly Bean Art Collection for the company’s private collection. The eight indiviual pieces were meant to capture the original vibrant colors of some of history’s most recognizable works of fine art. Each artwork in the collection was created over the course of several months and took up to 100 hours to complete. Cumings worked on small sections at a time and placed each Jelly Belly jelly bean by hand using mosaic-making techniques.

Masterpieces of Jelly Belly Art on Display at COSI, the Center of Science and Industry

The Masterpieces of Jelly Belly Bean Art Collection is the first collection of re-created fine arts classics that was inspired by the Mona Lisa replica, which Cumings created in 2010. The concept of Jelly Belly Art was created in 1982 when San Francisco artist Peter Rocha created a portrait of President Ronald Reagan – a famous fan of Jelly Belly jelly beans. The entire collection of Jelly Belly Art can be viewed online at the Jelly Belly Art Gallery, and includes celebrity portraits and other iconic images created using Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Author; Jaclyn Reynolds

About the Author

Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds is the Public Relations and Social Media Manager for COSI. She has worked in communications and PR for more than 13 years. She has worked as a TV news producer in cable news and as a public information officer and communications specialist in state government.