For the 8th consecutive year, cheese artist Sarah Kauffmann turned 1500 pounds of Indiana cheese into a work of art. This year’s sculpture is more detailed than past years’ and carries the theme “Powered by Dairy.” Kauffmann told HAT the process of carving the sculpture is as educational as the finished product, “While I am working on it, people are asking me questions about the cheese. It is a chance for me to share information about cheese and offer some nutritional information as well.”
The sculpture, in the DuPont Food Pavilion, draws large crowds. During the unveiling on Wednesday, people were lining up to take selfies in front of the sculpture. Over 240 hours went into carving the sculpture that measures 8 feet wide and stands 42 inches tall.
Indiana dairy Princess Kamille Brawner said the sculpture helps send a message to consumers about dairy products, “It tells people that dairy products are for everyone, and the activities carved in the cheese show how dairy products are a part of everyday life.” The message ties in with Indiana dairy producers’ promotion with the NFL and Indianapolis Colts, “Fuel Up to Play 60.” This program stresses the importance of activity and good nutrition.
The big cheese sculpture will remain on display through the end of the fair. After the fair, the cheese will be sent to a processor where it will be turned into renewable energy.