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Chocolate Molly a real feast for eyes

Edel O'Connell

Published 05/03/2012 | 05:00

Brianna Kelly (8) and her
mother Karen, from
Templeogue, Dublin,
sneak a look at Prudence
Staite making the final
touches to her life-sized
version of Molly Malone
Brianna Kelly (8) and her mother Karen, from Templeogue, Dublin, sneak a look at Prudence Staite making the final touches to her life-sized version of Molly Malone

SHOPPERS at Dundrum Town Centre feasted their eyes on a very sweet Molly Malone yesterday. A life-sized replica of the iconic statue on Dublin's Grafton Street -- but made entirely of chocolate -- was unveiled to the public at the shopping centre.

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Celebrated food artist Prudence Staite hand-sculpted the 5ft statue of the Dublin song's tragic heroine over four days.

Armed with more than 1,000lbs of Cadbury chocolate, the artist passed out sweet treats to fascinated onlookers as her sculpture began to take shape.

The UK artist is renowned for fusing food and art together to create edible creations. Her previous works include chocolate sculptures of Elton John, actor Robert Pattinson and Ray D'Arcy.

Ms Staite was commissioned by Cadbury Ireland following a Facebook campaign in which members of the public voted on which Irish monument they would like the artist to recreate.

"I just put the last cockle and mussel in place. It was a lot of work," she said.

"I saw the statue for the first time on Tuesday on Grafton Street and found it really impressive," Ms Staite added.

The statue will remain at Dundrum Town Centre for some days. It is not known what will happen the sculpture or the chocolate afterwards.

Irish Independent

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