Never mind your leftover Halloween candy – what are you going to do with all those candy wrappers?

If you’re one of the few among us with a more rarefied vision of the world, you may already be saving them to create some objects of beauty like the M&M Matador:

Charlotte Kruk’s candy wrapper art on display at the Santa Cruz MAH

It’s stunning! Shimmery and perfectly constructed, it made me feel . . . Ole! – as opposed to “melts in your mouth and not in your hands.”  Artist Charlotte Kruk specialized in wearable art made from candy wrappers and other miscellanea that may otherwise line a landfill. Check out this video; I especially love the Peach Nectar dress at 1:35:
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The M&M Matador was part of the eye candy at Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History last Friday night. The place was hopping; some of the artists from UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media were there for a one-night showing of their work. Kid Two really liked the interactive surfboard:


“Data Surf” created by Daniel Christopher, Lyes Belhocine and Drew Detweiler

A camera superimposed Kid One’s washed-out image in the video of big waves breaking. His perfect balance on the board was rewarded by a perfectly pitched version of “Wipe Out.” Less centered people trying it heard a sped up, slowed down, or otherwise warped version of the song; imagine if your Wii Balance Board was somehow in sync with your iPod and the pitch and tempo of your music changed as you got off track. Totally rad.

Kid Two was also, surprisingly, into the Guerilla Grafters demonstration. It may be the next logical step in a collective culinary consciousness after community gardens and backyard beehives, and it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever heard of a group people doing. They graft fruit-bearing branches onto ornamental trees with the goal of “turning city streets into food forests.” Imagine a tiny fertile jungle at the corner of Market and 4th; breakfast ripe for the picking.