Outrageous candy museum Candytopia is set to pop up in Dallas
UPDATE 7/2/2019: Candytopia's run in Dallas has been extended through Labor Day weekend. Tickets will be available through Monday, September 2, at their online ticket site.
If you're an Instagramming candy-holic, you may already know about Candytopia, the ultimate dessert pop-up that's been a smash in cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta.
And now the temporary interactive art installation that celebrates candy in all its vibrant colors and flavors is coming to Dallas in spring 2019. The exhibit will open to the public on April 5, and will run through the end of July.
Candytopia is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the so-called Hollywood Candy Queen and Food Network regular, and executed by event designer and fabricator Zac Hartog. It made its debut in Santa Monica in 2018 and has held court at temporary pop-ups in top cities across the country.
It's currently in residence in Atlanta, with another Candytopia slated to premiere at the Mall of America in Minnesota in March.
Candytopia features more than one dozen rooms with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences.
The exhibit lasts either three or four months. A spokesperson confirmed the dates of the Dallas installation with an opening set on April 5. Help wanted ads posted on GlassDoor state that the Dallas installation will last four months.
According to a release, the location is going into the ultra-hot Hill complex on Walnut Hill Lane, in the space that was previously TreeHouse, confirmed by a representative from the center.
Candytopia is a cross between a candy shop and an art exhibit, and has been met with the same kind of crazy-ass lines and furor that surrounded tours such as King Tut.
You buy your tickets in advance. Because of its interactive nature, they limit participants to small groups, about 50. There's a pink velvet rope and staffers in blue jumpsuits who show you the drill.
The installation has numerous rooms and "experiences," along with bowls of samples to take such as candy bracelets and Pixie Stix. There are vibrant sculptures made entirely of candy, plus colorful, interactive tableaus that provide backdrops for photo opps galore.
Environments include everything from the confetti room, featuring flying unicorn pigs that "fart" confetti, to a "marshmallow pit" made of faux marshmallows — basically a pool of "marshmallows" you jump into and submerge yourself.
While the candy aspect gives it a kiddy vibe, there's artistry that targets adults, with candy paintings of the Mona Lisa, Van Gogh's The Starry Night, and pop cultural touchstones such as Prince and a portrait of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka.
The Atlanta exhibit has a giant Sphinx made of 7,800 candy pieces; a 360-pound dragon made of 125,000 pieces of licorice, sours, and rock candy; and clocks filled with chocolate truffles hanging from the ceiling.
But each city's Candytopia features items that are unique to the city's culture. Atlanta's exhibit includes references to the Braves and peaches, so for Dallas, we can expect something with cowboy boots or maybe J.R.?
Tickets aren't cheap: $30 for adults and $23 for kids. That's an increase from Atlanta, where it was $28 for adults and $20 for kids.