Using custom-built 3D-printed silicone molds, artist Wei Li creates detailed giant frozen treats of both germ and cactus.

“The Chinese designer’s collection of sweets, Dangerous Popsicles, transforms frozen sugar water into colorful spiny treats inspired by cacti and scary deserts that invite you to suck on magnified versions of the chicken pox, E. coli, and influenza viruses. “Before tasting with your tongue,” she writes, “you first taste with your eyes and mind.” Her goal is to challenge palettes by forcing you to get past the idea of sucking on a cactus or running your tongue over HIV”. –Wired.com

Li is working on a follow-up series called Finger Licking Good candies. “I made hard candies in the shape of my fingers, and people are invited to suck, lick, and bite my fingers”, she says. “It’s a very interesting yet slightly uncomfortable experience for myself as well, seeing people sucking on my fingers right in front of me.”

Dangerous Popsicles sketch

Dangerous Popsicles
Dangerous Popsicles
Dangerous Popsicles
Dangerous Popsicles
Dangerous Popsicles
Dangerous Popsicles