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The Glass House

The Philip Johnson Glass House celebrated Robert Indiana’s opening One Through Zero by commissioning Laila to compose a food installation inspired by the work. Indiana has stated that each number represents a stage of life, beginning with ONE (birth) and continuing through NINE (old age) and ZERO (death). Inspired by the structure and its natural surroundings, six different installations that relate both to numbers (a reoccurring theme in Indiana’s work) and nature, to illustrate the life cycle of a plant, were created. Here you will find the life cycle of the plant on display, each one bringing you on step closer to the beginning and the end…

“Numbers fill my life. They fill my life even more than love. We are immersed in numbers from the moment we are born….”
– Robert Indiana

Zero (Dirt & Death)
Pulverized chocolate representing soil and decomposition (Cacao, Brazil nut, Coconut sugar)
One (Seed & Birth)
Seed brittle representing the beginning of life (Sesame, Black Sesame, Nigella, Wild Thyme Honey)
Three (Sprout & Development)
Pine needle shortbread representing the first visible sign of life (Pine needle, Butter, Buckwheat Flower, Eggs, Vanilla Extract)
Five (Root & Growth)
Dehydrated root vegetables representing the moment plants take hold within the earth (Yam, Beet, Taro)
Six (Flower & Youth)
Edible flowers & herbs crystallized in vanilla bean sugar representing the blossoming phase (Lemon balm, Shiso, Purple Basil, Geranium, Sage, Anise Hyssop)
Eight (Fruit & Maturity)
Fig tart with fig leaf creme patisserie representing the fruits of life (Fig, Fig Leaf, Cream, Egg, Flour, Sugar, Lime Zest)

Production Melting Butter
Pastry Jess & Josh Pickens
Project Manager Malena Burman
Photos Adrianna Glaviano
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