The candy-themed “art” installation Candytopia is both a mix of nonsensical whimsy and a telling social commentary about society’s obsession with photographing and broadcasting every moment of our lives. (Yes, I realize the irony that by posting on this channel I’m, in fact, broadcasting it myself.)
It was super silly, in some of the best ways. I’d like to personally shake the hand of whomever thought up a candy-covered pig in a tutu that farts confetti as a crowd-pleasing attraction. There was impressive artwork and massive sculpture made from gummy bears, candy corn and any other type of sweet treat you can imagine.
However, not unlike watching the Willy Wonka movies, I left with a sense of sadness. Despite all the vibrant colors and plentiful confetti, the self-centered, narcissistic behavior of our fellow visitors felt like they were more interested in looking like they were having fun on their iPhone screens (and ultimately Instagram) than actually enjoying the experience.
Ultimately, I can’t decide if the folks who produce events like this (including the other candy-themed installation Sweet Tooth Hotel) are in on the joke, or if they’re just giving people what they want.
Candytopia in Dallas has been extended through Monday, September 2nd. Also open in Houston. Tickets at candytopia.com.