BUT­TERED UP

Cou­ple’s White House sculp­ture would melt in the mouth

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - THE MERCURY - By Gary Puleo gpuleo@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mus­tangMan48 on Twit­ter

CONSHOHOCKEN >> But­ter can make any­thing — even pol­i­tics — palat­able, right?

Although the 400 pounds of but­ter that the hus­band and wife sculpt­ing team of Jim Vic­tor and Marie Pel­ton used to carve a stun­ning replica of the White House has sac­ri­ficed its ed­i­ble ap­peal for the sake of art, the pair gets to keep any left­over un­used goods sup­plied by Pres­i­dent But­ter.

The mak­ers of French ar­ti­san but­ter and cheeses had com­mis­sioned the cou­ple fa­mous for their but­ter sculp­tures for state and county fairs and other events to sculpt a White House for their so­cial me­dia cam­paign “A Taste­ful Elec­tion.”

“They had done a few sculp­tures for us in the past, like the Eifel Tower, in but­ter and cheese,” ex­plained Ar­den Kroetsch, Pres­i­dent But­ter’s mar­ket­ing man­ager. “Our goal was to wel­come the new pres­i­dent to the White House. It’s timely, and with the name of the prod­uct it was a per­fect fit.”

In a re­frig­er­ated trailer at their Conshohocken home, Vic­tor and Pel­ton, both grad­u­ates of the Sculp­ture Depart­ment of the Penn­syl­va­nia Acad­emy of the Fine Arts, were hard at work on Fri­day morn­ing, well into day four of their non­par­ti­san ho­mage to the of­fi­cial res­i­dence and work­place of the Pres­i­dent of the United States.

With the bones of the build­ing solidly in place, their at­ten­tion turned to the colon­nades and in­tri­cate ar­chi­tec­tural facets.

“We don’t al­ways nec­es­sar­ily work to­gether,” said Vic­tor, whose solo work in­cludes choco­late por­traits of Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller as a pro­mo­tion for their Broad­way play

GARY PULEO — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Hus­band and wife sculpt­ing team Jim Vic­tor and Marie Pel­ton of Conshohocken were com­mis­sioned by Pres­i­dent But­ter to repli­cate the White House from 400 pounds of but­ter.

GARY PULEO — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jim Vic­tor works on an in­tri­cate de­tail in a corner of a White House build­ing made en­tirely of but­ter.

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