The Day of the Dead
In October 2014 we presented our second large Bespoke Creation. In collaboration with the talented, young designer, Katherine Burke, we baked and built a macaron masterpiece inspired by the colourful shrines created in Mexico and parts of Central America for the Day of the Dead. As part of their Day of the Dead celebrations, in 2014, Wahaca Covent Garden will be hosted our piece from the 12th of October until the 3rd of November, 2014.
About the Piece
Since the completion of our Life sized, Marie Antoinette inspired Macaron Dress, in September 2013, we were eager to begin another large and challenging project that would push the boundaries of what is possible with the French macaron. Our team had always admired the bright colours and intricately designed sugar skulls associated with the Day of the Dead, and thought that this would be the perfect theme for our next creation; especially because making brightly coloured macarons is one of our specialities.
In Spring 2014, we began our search for a London-based designer who could bring to life our ideas. After discussing our vision for the piece with a few designers, we came across Katherine Burke. With experience in costume design, as well as prop and model making, plus loads of creativity and drive, Katherine made a perfect partner to work with on this piece. Her original design, including a skull-shaped macaron the size of a human head, captured our imagination and made us even more eager to get to work on this project.
The entire piece stands at 2.2m tall and contains over 150 handmade flowers and approximately 300 macarons in various shapes including skulls, skeletons and hearts. At the centre of the piece, our massive macaron skull is even larger than originally planned, standing at over 40cm in height! And, yes it is a 100% authentic macaron made with the same Parisian recipe we use for all of our macarons.
What is the Day of the Dead?
The Day of the Dead, also known as El Día de Los Muertos, is an annual holiday celebrated in México and parts of Central America from the 31st of October until the 2nd of November. It is a vibrant and colourful celebration involving public processions and frivolities, as well as the building of altars as a sign of love, remembrance and the welcoming back of departed souls.
As the key feature of the celebrations, the altars are carefully decorated with flowers, the deceased's favourite food and drink, along with photographs, sugar skulls and the bone or skull-shaped Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead).
The holiday is a combination of both Catholic traditions passed down from the Spanish colonisation of America and Aztec rituals. With symbols such as the cross being displayed beside the Lady of the Dead, also known as La Calavera Catrina.