From taste to heart

A delightful tribute to the sculptures that adorn the buildings of the historic center of Mexico City.

By MUCHO-Museo del Chocolate

NaiadMUCHO-Museo del Chocolate

Del Gusto al Corazón is a project by the Organic Design Studio and Edible Design that honors the decorative grammar that lives in the baroque palaces of the historic center of Mexico City. It is a sensory delight, a tasting that explores the senses crosswise to create an experience converted into edible jewels.

The beauty in the details

This interpretation in white chocolate represents the face of one of the naiads or water nymphs that guard the main entrance of the Biblioteca Silvestre Moreno Cora (Silvestre Moreno Cora Library) building of the Supreme Court of Justice.

The decorations that adorn her hair are typical of neoclassical facades.

The Library building of the Supreme Court of Justice is located on the corner of calle de Bolivar and calle 16 de Septiembre.

Beast figureheadMUCHO-Museo del Chocolate

In pure neoclassical style, another image that can be seen in the Biblioteca Silvestre Moreno Cora is the imposing lion figurehead that guards the walls of the building.

This 19th century building was built on the famous Casa de las Fieras (House of the Wild Beasts), the private zoo of Emperor Moctezuma, converted into a religious complex of the Franciscan order during the viceroyalty.

In this interpretation the ferocity of the effigy in question is interwoven with the sweetness of white chocolate.

Fantastic lion knockerMUCHO-Museo del Chocolate

Sensory delight

Chocolate and cocoa lend themselves to imitating materials that make up sculptures, facades and columns of the historical center.

An example of this is found in this lion figurehead, which represents the door knocker that receives visitors to the Museo de las Culturas (Museum of Cultures).

Dark chocolate mimics the tones and textures of bronze to create a delicious interpretation of the imposing door knocker.

The Museo de las Culturas (Museum of Cultures) is housed in a building dating back to 1825, located on calle Moneda.

GargoyleMUCHO-Museo del Chocolate

The pieces that inspired this collection are not limited to building adornments alone. 

This interpretation of Tabasco cocoa represents one of the gargoyles that adorn the chandeliers of the Museo Nacional de Arte (National Museum of Art).

Like this gargoyle, the adornments that are observed throughout the museum were under the care of the Florentine Volpando family and sons. 

This representation mimics the rich abundance and details seen in the creatures of the animal and vegetable kingdom that are hidden in the corridors, ceilings and stairs of the museum.

Hand of FatimaMUCHO-Museo del Chocolate

The Hand of Fátima is a symbol associated with Muslim culture. It is believed to protect the enclosures that guard against bad energies.

Even if the door knockers of the Hand of Fátima can be seen throughout the historical center, one famous example is at the gates of Monte de Piedad, the oldest financial institution on the American continent.

As we can see in this piece and everything that makes up this project, the versatility of cocoa and chocolate allows us to explore the beauty in the details of facades, doors, door knockers and columns of the historical center with a 100% Mexican ingredient.

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Del Gusto al Corazón, is a project by Orgánica Design Studio and Edible Design.
Original concept Edible Design: Gabriela Romo & Arturo Ponce de León
Original concept Del Gusto al Corazón: Gabriela Romo & Arturo Ponce de León
Design: Orgánica Design Studio
Photography: Orgánica Design Studio
Research: Gabriela Romo
Sculptures in cocoa: Arturo Ponce de León
Thanks to: Ana Rita García Lascurain & Ofelia Regalado. Gala Fernández & Berta Roda. Bernardo Herrera & Marien Romo. Natividad Audelo & Javier Maciel. Claudia Audelo. Cristóbal Henestrosa 

Mexico, D.F., February 2014 Del Gusto al Corazón is a project with all rights reserved

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