Posted by Eszter Hermann · Dec 6, 2014

Gingerbread is one of the most popular sweets served around Christmas. It’s not only delicious, but, being used for building houses, it also inspires your creativity. Don’t misunderstand, we’re not thinking of the house in the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.

"The whistle blew and the penguin was almost crouched when he remembered that he’s got no knees. It does not matter, he thought, and plunged into the water, just in time. He saved lives for three weeks in GingerbreadCity’s swimming pool." - this is the story of one of the “inhabitants” of GingerbreadCity, an exhibition and contemporary multi-art program in the building of Whale Budapest (Bálna).

You may think that it’s some kind of a game, but it’s social art. In this type of art, the participants (in other words, the artists) are linked; at least they share a moment together. GingerbreadCity 2014 asks everyone to be part of the project: build your own house into the city. Be an artist, grab your friends, family and bake the houses at home. After that, on a specified day of December, all the buildings of all the participants are brought together to the site and finally, GingerbreadCity is created.

It’s not easy to build a house from gingerbread and there’ll probably be some moments when you’ll want to give up, but the result is always fascinating. You get help, both technical and mental support from the organizers and at the end, all the houses will be put on good land and illuminated. GingerbreadCity can be visited by everyone from 16 to 31 December.

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