A bakery in California is paying deliciously scruffy-looking homage to the Star Wars franchise with a life-size Han Solo sculpture.
One House Bakery, a family-owned establishment in Benicia, California, spent a month replicating Harrison Ford’s Han Solo frozen in carbonite as a six-foot-tall bread sculpture. The New York Times highlighted the colossal carb-heavy concoction, detailing the creative process behind the project nicknamed “Pan Solo.” Hanalee Pervan and her mother, Catherine, entered the Downtown Benicia annual Main Street Scarecrow Contest with their Star Wars creation. The edible tribute is among 28 other entries in the 14-day event.
Pervan and her mother first used wood to create the life-size replica, but then molded dead dough around the timber. To make dead dough, bakers must add no yeast and a higher amount of sugar than normal bread dough. This is to ensure the sculpture maintains its shape for a long time. After the bread sculpture begins to decay, the Pervans compost the dough and reuse the wood for future creations.
In addition to their Han Solo tribute, One House Bakery entered the 2020 Scarecrow Contest with their life-size sculpture of The Mandalorian‘s Baby Yoda and the show’s titular character. The creations earned the nickname “Baby Dough-da” and “Pain Doughlorian.” Those sculptures took the mother-daughter duo two weeks to complete. Additionally, the bakery created other content-based characters, notably a White Walker from Game of Thrones.
Carbonite’s Uses in the Star Wars Universe
For Pan Solo, the Pervans took inspiration from the scene in The Empire Strikes Back set on a floating facility on the gas giant planet Bespin. There, Darth Vader had Han encased in carbonite as a test run for his attempt to imprison Luke Skywalker. Eventually, in Return of the Jedi, Luke, Leia Organa, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian travel to Jabba the Hut’s palace, implementing an elaborate plan to rescue the carbonite-hibernating Han. While first appearing in the Original Trilogy, carbonite was eventually revisited in Star Wars in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, similarly used as a process to keep people captured. Additionally, the Star Wars series Andor utilized carbonite as a method for transporting goods.
Of course, Han Solo’s popularity has continued across the years since the Original Trilogy. The iconic Star Wars character received his own film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, with Alden Ehrenreich portraying a younger version of the titular character. The film follows Han Solo and his adventures with Chewbacca 10 years before the events of the franchise’s original movies. Despite bearing a budget in the $300 million range, Solo ultimately bombed at the box office. Despite that, the film received a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 91st Academy Awards.
The Mandalorian Season 3 will continue the Star Wars live-action canon when it premieres on Disney+ in February.
Source: The New York Times