Published Sunday, July 16, 2006
Students building life size Mickey out of popcornThe Associated Press
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
It's a lesson in pop art these students won't forget - shaping thousands of pounds of popcorn and carving it into a giant Mickey Mouse.
Seven students from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale are trying to take the title of world's largest popcorn sculpture. The group started creating the mega-Mickey sculpture Saturday for an episode of Food Network Challenge, which will air in October.
Draped in protective white suits, vapor masks, green gloves and goggles, the students spent 12 hours manually mixing Fiberglas resin with popcorn to make 12 blocks: 22 inches long by 17 inches wide and 18 inches high. They plan to use heavy-duty power tools to carve the 5,000-pound mouse out of the blocks.
Food Network will ship the sculpture and the team to Disneyland on July 31 where they'll have 10 hours to assemble and decorate the sculpture with food coloring and sugar.
A 16.5-foot Godzilla created in Stirling, United Kingdom, in 2003 currently holds the record for world's largest popcorn sculpture.
Information from: South Florida Sun-Sentinel,