• Jul 1st 2006 at 6:08PM
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Even if a HUMMER is not a sweet sight for a lot of folks, this post from sibling site Luxist is almost guaranteed to bring a smile. Artist Heidi Hesse has created a full-sized replica of the original HumVee out of gumballs. She created the hard-shelled SUV in dedication to the soldiers who gave candy to children during the recent wars.

While there's limited information on the gumball, steel, and wire mesh creation itself, it is currently on display at the MOCA Tucson in Arizona.

[Source: OMG via Luxist]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      OK, I'm a dumbass. I just realized it's the original military Humvee and not an H2 or H3. But if it was the consumer version then I would stand by my previous statement.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Tim, you're a moron. The roots of this harkens back to the Berlin Airlift, where a single pilot (Gail Halvorsen) began dropping candy to kids in devestated Berlin using small parachutes.

      Since then it's a tradition for American troops overseas to give out Candy made in American factories to the kids they meet on deployments. Even now my mom talks about growing up in postwar Japan and the taste of the Hershey bar that a baby-faced American soldier gave her.

      I myself have given out tidbits I've picked out of MREs and the chow hall to kids in poor areas and their reaction most of the time is out of this world.

      THAT is what this effort was all about.
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Lame. She should have glued them together or something. The chicken wire is a cop out.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "As art it also totally fails to connect with what is going on in Iraq."

      Oh, I dunno about that. "Candy-coated" pretty much describes the American media's coverage of this horrific mess, especially initially.

      Or how about the ease with which the American public got snowed into linking Iraq with 9/11 in the first place? "Like taking candy from a... "

      I'll stop being political now :-)
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is moronic stuff. As art it also totally fails to connect with what is going on in Iraq. Candy? That's not the first thing that springs to mind when one considers the behaviour of both British and U.S. troops in Iraq.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I foresee ant problems....but I am glad it honors our men/women working hard for our country.