This picture is an image captured from “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”. In this particular scene, the characters enter into a world made entirely of edible goodies. Despite the edible “nature” of the world, the scene insights an aesthetic beauty in its representation of other things, that goes beyond taste and intro symbolism. Though I’m not sure I would classify candy as food, it is indeed edible and incredibly delicious. However, it is in the delight of the possibilities of the scenery that insight and entertain the movie viewers. The scene at once captures our imagination, and insights in us an intrigue as reality and imagination collide. As Elizabeth Telfer states in “Food as Art”, this scene is an “unexpected or short-lived phenomenon”. It captures our senses by the beauty of the imagery, the sensation of the magical, as well as by the sense of perceived taste.
As to whether this man made depiction of a world, made entirely of the edible delights is a “work of art”, it is hard to say. It is “an artifact primarily intended for aesthetic consideration”, as J.O.Urmson defined in his 1962 article, and it is “treated by that society as primarily an object of aesthetic consideration”. We would not view this image and have it incite in us our natural sensation towards fulfilling our basic instinct and need for sustenance. Especially as adults, we would not view this world as a place to appease our appetite for food. It would appeal much more to us as sort of guilty pleasure.
This imagery is more inclined to insight the audience to remember their childhood and to remind the audience of the inner child that still resides in them. It accomplishes this by creating a bridge between our senses and our memories of the pleasantness of childhood and the limitlessness of the imagination. After all, who can forget the beautifully sung “Pure Imagination” song done by Gene Wilder during this scene?
“Come with me
And you’ll be
In a world of
Take a look
And you’ll see
Into your imagination”
This is only one image from the movie, and so perhaps the real “art” would be the movie in its entirety, or perhaps the individual pieces may also be viewed on their own merit. I’m not sure there is a definitive answer to that though.