Chocolate and Russian President Vladimir Putin. I never expected to see a combination of the two, but that’s what has happened.
A life-size statue of Putin made entirely out of chocolate has been created for the St. Petersburg Chocolate Festival.
The statue was sculpted by Nikita Gusev, who used more than 150 pounds of chocolate to create it, reports Business Insider.
Among other famous characters that Gusev has sculpted out of chocolate are Catherine the Great and pop singer Michael Jackson.
See a news report from ODN about the chocolate Putin below:
Gusev told Reuters that Putin was the perfect subject to have his image made out of chocolate.
“On one hand, the chocolate is soft and malleable; on the other side, and it can be very hard,” Gusev said.
“It is very flexible, it can take any form. I think this material really suits [Putin] because he is like that; in different situations he can be different, sometimes soft, sometimes hard,” he said.
“The most difficult part to make was the head, because the head and face are the most recognizable, and if you do those well, the body doesn’t have to match reality to be clear who the sculpture is.
“That’s why the first part I started in my work was the head, and I spent approximately three days on it. After that was finished, I started the body.”
Last year, the St. Petersburg Chocolate Festival had a life-size statue of Pope Francis on display. Mikhail Lyubchenkov, the organizer of the festival, wanted to “immortalize” Putin in the same way.
Organizers have warned that there will be “no touching, licking, or biting of any of the statues.”
The only person who is allowed to eat the sculpture is Putin himself.
Here’s a video from RT of Gusev applying some finishing touches to the statue: