Choccie Santas

Christmas.  Remember back in 2007 when Paul McCarthy turned commercial gallery Maccarone into a fully operational chocolate factory that made these?

Santa with a Buttplug chocolates by Paul McCarthy
Santa with a Buttplug chocolates by Paul McCarthy

Over six weeks, the factory produced and sold over¬†1,000 of these pricy chocolates/cheap sculptures daily (check it out in operation in the top video).¬† This year, he’s doing it all over again at the Monnaie de Paris as part of his first major solo exhibition in France.

Installation view of Paul McCarthy's Chocolate Factory
Installation view of Paul McCarthy’s Chocolate Factory at the Monnaie de Paris

Those of us in the antipodes can even get in on the festive action¬†by purchasing¬†McCarthy’s sweet treats online – choccie santas and the classic buttplugs – oh, I mean ‘trees’ – are $75 each.¬† Merry Christmas!

Choccie Santas

Punch a Monet

Gif from
Gif from a new online game by Eiji Muroichi, Dries Depoorter and Tom Galle

Suffering from a lil pre-Christmas stress?¬† Need to let off some steam?¬† Why not punch a Monet?¬† While LOL doesn’t condone violence against artworks, this interactive¬†online game¬†by Dries Depoorter, Eiji Muroichi, and Tom Galle (above)¬†is rather amusing – and topical of course, following the five year jail sentence recently issued to Andrew Shannon¬†after he did just that to Monet’s Argenteuil Basin¬†with a¬†Single Sailboat (1874)¬†at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2012.¬†¬†If you fancy creating¬†your own virtual damage you can do so¬†here.

Punch a Monet