Three Color-Fueled Pop-Up Exhibits in NYC: Part 2: Candytopia

In 2017, Yayoi Kusama’s NYC exhibition, Festival of Life, sparked an Instagram frenzy. Her utopia of polka-dotted rooms and infinity mirrors provided perfect photo backdrops, proven by the endless barrage of Insta-selfies. This year, there’s a flood of interactive pop-up exhibits, all of which seem to speak to our collective need to not only document our lives, but to actively seek out (and pay for) interesting backdrops in which to do so. 

In this series of posts, I’ll feature three current NYC exhibits I’ve visited recently: Color Factory, Candytopia, and Dream Machine


You’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a sweet tooth’s dream, complete with a marshmallow tsunami and treasure chests loaded with candy free for the taking. Besides leading visitors from one room to the next, guides are there to hype the crowd into a sweet-frenzied, Willie Wonka-like world.

Art installations include the Statue of Liberty constructed from 60,000 pieces of green candy, a wall-mounted deer head made with candy Coca Cola bottles, and other oddities that have to be seen to be believed.

Candy artists used gummy bears, jelly beans, and rock candy to assemble this guy

A man in an old-fashioned diving suit made of candy.


Why I left Candytopia with a stomachache and a sugar highOpen chest filled with confetti-covered bags of candy.


So much PINK!!!

Open chest filled with wrapped pink taffy candies

Sweet Love

A unicorn made of candy with a heart shape made of candy pigs behind it


Pastel jawbreakers on canvas

Portrait of Marilyn Monroe made of candy

145 W 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001

Adults: $34
Ages 4-12: $26
Ages 0-3:  Free!  No ticket necessary.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Limit 12 tickets per person.

Tickets currently available through November 15, 2018.

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