Candy Nations

The Garment District in New York’s history is  a place where factories and fashion have been linked for almost a century.  The district is generally considered to lie between Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue, from 34th to 42nd Streets. The center of this district is    New York’s most important thoroughfare -  Broadway, between 36th and 39th Street, in the heart of midtown Manhattan, between Times Square and Macy's Herald Square.

The Garment District Alliance  was founded   in 1993  by the district’s 575 property owners and over 6,500 businesses   to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of Manhattan’s Garment District. This fall The Garment District Alliance conducted  its Winter art installation -    a parade of nine-foot-tall ‘Candy’ sculptures.  It was installed just  t in time for trick-or-treating season  and is view   to December 9, 2018. 
Candy Nations was created in 2011 by French sculptor Laurence Jenkell to convey “an optimistic message of unity beneath external differences,” and originally displayed during the G20 Summit in Cannes, France. 

 The Group of Twenty (G20) is an international forum that brings together the world's 20 leading industrialized and emerging economies. The group accounts for 85 per cent of world GDP and two-thirds of its population. The first G20 summit occurred in Berlin, in December 1999, and was hosted by the German and Canadian finance ministers.

There are 19 countries -    Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, , France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom,   United State and  the European Union in G20.

The sculptures tower 9 feet tall, each weighing 1,450 pounds and wrapped in the colors of one of these countries. Laurence Jenkell   was born on December 31, 1965 in Bourges, France, she went on to study applied arts in both London and Heidelberg. Today, she and lives and works in Vallauris, France.

Jenkell's practice obsessively revolves around a single motif: depicting larger-than-life wrapped pieces of candy using Plexiglas, resin, and cast aluminum. Jenkell received commissions by companies and events such as Coca-Cola and the rugby World Cup.

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