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What is Iron Shark?
Yes, it is all chocolate
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Iron Shark Progress Videos
IRON SHARK

IRON SHARK

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Newcastle Herald article:
Dive into project Iron Shark
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ABC's Dan Cox speaks to Dean and Jon about the project
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Nick, Jess and Ducko chat to Dean about Iron Shark
IRON SHARK

This is the latest project by the same team that brought you the world's first moving chocolate sculpture "Boneshaker" and "The Raven's Voyage" – Dean Gibson, Jon Pryer, Shane Williams and Vanessa Anton. This next project is taking things to the next level with the addition of two more team members, Jian Yao – the owner of Continental Patisserie and founder and member of Team Pastry Australia. Also introducing young gun, Josh Nickl from Gumnut Patisserie where he was born and raised and is developing into one of the country's top pastry chefs.

The exciting part about this project is that we are trying to set a new world record for the most moving pieces of a chocolate sculpture and the largest kinetic chocolate sculpture of an animal, ever created in the world. Every cog, screw, shaft and fin will be engineered from chocolate using chainsaws, lathes, CNC cutter, and other tools treated with food-grade oils. The team have spent months planning, designing, building 3D models and refining the construction methodology so that the end product comes together seamlessly.

IRON SHARK is the vision of Dean Gibson–Chocolatier, Jon Pryer–Industrial Designer and Shane Williams–Videographer/Photographer. The Iron Shark is the Imagineering of a 19th-century submarine in the style of the science fiction of Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe and H. G. Wells. This chocolate time machine takes us back to a world where steam was the new punk and the Nautilus roamed the imagination. We see the Iron Shark nearing completion of the slipway of some industrious maritime port with her inner workings exposed like a museum cross-sectional model. Gears, pistons and cams impart propulsion, for a voyage of exploration into the uncharted deep, coil and reciprocate in anticipation of the launch. Only the figures of workers going about their challenging tasks give life to the vast scale of this submarine leviathan.

 

We would not be able to do this without the support from our amazing sponsors of this project. Irca/Dolba our major sponsor and official chocolate sponsor. Other sponsors include Continental Patisserie, Anest Iwata, Inteliprint, Lamond Catering Equipment, Gumnut Patisserie, Fivespice Creative, Barnes, Vanrooy and The Creator Incubator.

The four-week construction of the Iron Shark will be live-streamed throughout July, and The Creator Incubator space open to visitors to watch the progress. The project has been a collaboration of industry professionals to design, install and theme the working space and make the project a living art installation. Once completed, the giant shark will be presented to the public at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on August 6. 

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