Who said Rob Ford isn’t smooth?
A buttery bust of the Toronto mayor reading a Margaret Atwood novel while resting on a steering wheel made its debut at the Canadian National Exhibition earlier this week as part of the fair’s annual butter sculpting exhibit.
“Rob Ford is such a character,” said Olenka Kleban, 24, a Toronto-based sculptor and the artistic hand behind the creation. “He’s our mayor and he’s a political figure, but he’s more than that. He makes a very good subject … he attracts attention to himself.”
The sculpture, made out of nearly 230 kg of butter and currently on display inside a glass-walled freezer in the fair’s Better Living Building, is part of a CNE tradition that involves a group of artists spending several days inside a box chilled to about 8 degrees Celsius, sculpting creations according to an agreed-upon theme.
Though this year’s group agreed to the theme “under the sea,” Kleban said the artists initially discussed something along the lines of “this versus that” — and that’s when she became fixated on the idea of Rob Ford reading Margaret Atwood, she said.
“It just seemed like a no-brainer: What’s more ‘this versus that’ than Rob Ford versus Atwood?” said Kleban. “I was attracted to it. If it’s engaging to me, it’s probably going to be engaging to the wider audience.”