No architectural model lasts forever, but Liz Hickok’s facsimiles have less time than most: hardly a week before the mold sets in. That’s because Hickok’s choice material comes not from the art room but from the lunchroom.
Despite its undeniable kitsch, Hickok swears she’s not in the urban Jell-O model business for the novelty. “It’s because it’s alive and changing, just as our real cities are,” she writes in an email. “By using a medium that is perishable I can speak to the fragility and impermanence of our cities.”