At some point, you probably wanted to be an astronaut. Granted, as a starry-eyed child who adored candy more than anything, maybe you didn’t fully grasp the reality of what that would entail. You didn’t think of the risk, the danger, or the loneliness. You didn’t think of the families you’d say goodbye to or the training you’d have to endure. Instead, you thought of adventure and wondered about new worlds. Your mind spun guessing what was beyond your skies. You imagined and doodled what life would look like on vibrant, unexplored planets, and the truth is that fascination never really went away.
Sure, in time, you considered the obstacles and decided on a living more suited to you, physically, mentally, and emotionally, but, still, even as an adult, you grow restless and curious, maybe more in love now with escapism philosophy and structurally more dependent on daydreams. So when the night sky’s inky embrace drops endless dots that invite flights of fancy, each blip unknown to personal experience, your moonstruck brain and your skookum heart gleefully howl for your attention.
Well, that internal carnival of what-ifs and could-bes gets a far-out up-close treatment by David Brodeur, who’s here to re-install the sanguine awe of your inner child.
In his Celestial Series, the Windy City digital artist assembles candy-like landscapes that would’ve made your sugary little heart explode as a kid. Sights like berry bubble plants, gummy tentacle vines, and jagged licorice rocks set the extraterrestrial turf ablaze with color and intrigue, illuminating your eyes as lollipop pinwheels. It’s kind of the perfect world you dreamt up when you were young, and Brodeur brings it to life daily on Instagram.
Explore a few of the many confectionery landscapes below.