The Human Bakery, doesn’t that just sound nice? Say it out loud with me, “The Human Bakery.” It sounds so dark, disturbing, and a little cheesy, like it’s the central plot point of an old ‘50s science fiction movie – “The Human Bakery is people, it’s people!” Well, if you ever take a trip to Thailand, you can venture into the Human Bakery, where you will find hyper-realistic sculptures of bloody, gruesome human body parts. Don’t worry though; all of them are baked lovingly by the infamous Thai macabre artist himself, Kittiwat Unarrom.
Since 2006, Kittiwat Unarrom has been combining his childhood upbringing in a bakery with his fascination of the human anatomy. Upon entering the Human Bakery, you are exposed to a sensory overload of hands, feet, heads, torsos, and internal organs hanging on hooks. To give the body parts a sterilized morgue feel, Unarrom uses a blood-like sugar glaze. That’s right, a blood-like sugar glaze, because you can purchase these sculptures and bring them home for dinner, or a late night zombie snack.
When asked about his art, Unarrom said, “Of course, people were shocked and thought that I was mad when they saw the works. But once they knew the idea behind it, they understood and became interested in the work itself, instead of thinking that I am crazy.”
So, what is the idea behind sculpting and baking human body parts out of dough? Let’s go back to Unarrom for the answer: “When people see the bread, they don’t want to eat it. But when they taste it, it’s just normal bread. The lesson is ‘don’t judge just by outer appearances.’”
All of Unarrom’s works are made from dough, raisins, chocolate, cashew nuts, and other traditional baking ingredients, making them edible and grossly delicious. Next time you’re in Thailand, stop by the Human Bakery and taste a human face for yourself. You may be surprised by how much you enjoy it.