The Gingerbread Airport That’s Really Taking Off

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
18th December 2018

Zac Goldsmith is going to totally do his nut! They’ve only gone and built another runway at Heathrow without telling anyone!  It isn’t clear precisely how much passenger capacity the new runway will add, but in a blow to the government’s transport strategy the 8ft runway is marginally shorter than the two existing 12,000ft runways, meaning it isn’t likely to be able to handle the larger A380 and Boeing474 jumbo jets. The exact facilities available at the terminal building haven’t been revealed, though they’re expected to be pretty sweet. And in a boost to campaigners for quieter skies, the potential noise pollution has been assessed as little more than a low crunching. Oh, and it’s made entirely of gingerbread.

The creation, unveiled by Bake Off winner Candice Brown, is made from 50 kilos of gingerbread (including 30 kilos of sugar) and measures roughly 120 square feet. It’s the work of food artist (there’s a job I want) Michelle Wibowo and took over 200 hours to make. The detailing includes a control tower, Father Christmas’s sleigh and, stood just outside the terminal, the advert-famous Doris and Edward, presumably waiting for their photogenic family to hug.

Wibowo has previously completed works including Roald Dahl’s BFG, which was made from Mr Kipling cakes and a marshmallows and cake sprinkles rendering of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam.

The airport, displayed in Terminal 5 of Heathrow, will now be turned into energy via a recycling process involving anaerobic digestion, just in case you were wondering what happened next in the Doris and Edward story…


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