“Pan Solo” is the result of a painstaking month-long process.
The image of Han Solo, frozen in Carbonite, is one of the most recognizable in the entire Star Wars franchise. Solo’s agonized, frozen face has served as the basis for numerous pieces of merchandise and fan projects, though crafting the precise details of it is known for being a very difficult process. If you thought making a regular sculpture of a frozen Han Solo was hard, though, try making one out of bread.
The proprietors of One House Bakery in Benicia, California have done exactly that, creating a life-sized replica of Han Solo through the medium of bread. Specifically, they created the sculpture with a combination of wood for a frame and two types of dough, one of which is longer-lasting thanks to its higher sugar content.
Hannalee Pervan and her mother, Catherine Pervan, carefully crafted the sculpture over the course of a month, doing their utmost to sculpt every aspect of the face and body down to the most perfect detail. “Mom made me leave it because I was obsessing over the lips,” Hannalee Pervan told the New York Times. “She was like, ‘You need to walk away.'”
A California bakery spent a month making a 6-foot recreation of Han Solo frozen in carbonite, made entirely of bread. The mother-and-daughter duo behind the creation called him "Pan Solo." https://t.co/bdm1sc1UQp pic.twitter.com/ghOwgzZmAV
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Having previously fallen ill from COVID-19 last year, losing much of her ability to taste and smell in the process, Hannalee found the project especially important, as it gave her a way to connect with her culinary creations in a nontraditional way.
The sculpture is on display in front of the bakery, and has also been entered for voting in the local Downtown Benicia Main Street Scarecrow Contest.