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[dropcapW[/dropcap]hat a title for a post! I bet you’re thinking ‘whatttttt‘ just like I did when I actually found these guys, but let me assure you the title is exactly what it is.  Bompas and Parr, the guys that brought us the unique, the amazing, wedding jellies have just launched their food explosions service for weddings.  

Imagine your guests when you blow up your wedding cake {arghh, the thought} or any other food of your choice at your reception.  What a climax!!!

Bompas & Parr works in the space between food and architecture. Projects explore how the taste of food is influenced by synaesthesia, performance and setting. In the past they have collaborated with Lord Foster and Heston Blumenthal to design jellies, flooded a grade one listed building with four tonnes of alcoholic punch that visitors boated across before drinking, created a breathable cloud of G&T, charted the complete history of food, concocted a flavour changing chewing gum and built a chocolate waterfall flowing at a rate of 12,000 litres and hour.

If you want WOW factor, then this is so wow!  I am sooooooo ready to experience these guys!!!

Bompas & Parr have worked with The Barbican Art Gallery, Disney, Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Salone del Mobile, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Victoria and Albert Museum and Wellcome Collection. 

Photograph by Ann Charlott Ommedal

From Bompas & Parr:

Traditional wedding cakes are a triumph of spectacle over taste. Originally based on the steeple of St. Brides church in Fleet Street cakes prioritise monumentalism over flavour. Bompas & Parr’s food explosion service pushes this ethos to its ultimate conclusion. The ritual of cutting the cake is significantly enhanced through the explosion, the sense of occasion heightened by the blast and your guests are spared eating flavourless fruitcake.

On making a booking an explosive technician (member of the Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians) will liaise with your wedding cake provider on setting the charges and arrange risk assessments and method statements with the venue. They will attend on the day of the wedding to set the explosives, rig the detonator and supervise the explosion. All explosives are transported within containers meeting the MoD’s SEAP 4 security standards as referred to in JSP440.

To celebrate the launch, Bompas & Parr collaborated with renown photographer Ryan Hopkinson on spectacular photographs and a short film exploring what happens when explosives are detonated inside jellies. explore what happens when powerful explosives are detonated inside jellies. The explosions were documented by Ryan Hopkinson allowing the disintegration of the jelly to be studied. The images serve to demonstrate the kinetic, social, biological, nutritional and temporal potential of a single dish and ask the viewer to look again at what’s on the end of their spoon food explosions service for weddings

Harry Parr, partner of Bompas & Parr comments:

“Wedding cakes can be brutally stodgy. Blowing the cake up spares the stomach after a heavy meal is a good way to wake guests up for the speeches!”

Ryan Hopkinson comments:

“Shooting the exploding jellies was technically challenging. Once the explosion is in progress the jellies become complex moving optical lenses. The light energy from the explosion travels through them at the same time as they are distorted, wobbled and eventually ripped apart by the force. It’s a fascinating spectacle.”

Prices start from £800 depending on scale and technical complexity of the explosion.

Now that is a frabjous spectacular worth thinking about.

What do you think?  Do you fancy an explosion at your wedding!  I think it is soooooooo cool!!!

Zarn

I’ve never followed trends as I disliked being just one of the crowd so my love for things that are different, unusual, beautiful and stylistic that I’d had all my life transformed into Alice in Weddingland.
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