IDLH: birthday

Continuing the theme of sugar paste mourning flowers from 2009 in Isolated Grief, the pathology characteristics of a pecoma tumor are replicated in marzipan and placed on a birthday cake. In addition to the tumor there is a modest but persistent flower bush, wrapped around the cake, growing alongside the tumor.

Intending to divide 35 candles over the tiers in symbolic numbers, instead the candles were placed randomly. They all burnt rapidly, except for one. A little candle was standing close to a pearl marzipan heart, feeding on the sugar. It would continue to burn for another 20 minutes, long after all the other candles had gone out.