Sugar and sex have made for an epic combination sinceAmerican Pie
's Jim and his junk took on that infamous apple pie. (Ok, maybe even before that.)
Sugar and Gomorrah, Peter Anton's carnival coaster, set up across from the Art Miami fair in Midtown, takes a cue from this timeless pairing. The result is like a sexy, sugary ride through the bowels of hell.
The garish yellow tent sits smack dab in the middle of Midtown, covered in nude cartoons, giant cake slices, and the apt words, "Too much is never enough." Ain't that the truth, Baselites?
The ride itself is a 30-second jarring jaunt, straight out of the questionable carnivals of your youth (all that's missing is a carnie at the helm).
Undoubtedly, they pulled the whole contraption straight from the cast-off bin at Santa's Enchanted Forest. It's rickety, loud and more than a little scary. Those over six feet, beware. The entrance tunnel is so low, a few forehead slams are likely in order.
(Side note: watching chicks in sky-high stilettos and absurdly overdone evening wear teeter into the cramped carts is wildly entertaining. Think of it as unintentional performance art.)
Inside and out, the sound of Lesley Gore's sickly sweet lyrics offends the eardrums: "Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows" all around. Once inside, the cart bobs and weaves its way through a room filled with giant boxes of shellacked candy, dusty skeletons, and half naked human installations. Two sets of couples bump and grind as the carts wind by.
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(Those poor, scantily clad kids. They looked bored beyond belief when we shot a glance back at them as the cart sped its way out of the tunnel. Perhaps being a sideshow attraction isn't as glamorous as it appears.)
And 30 seconds after it begins, the cart is speeding back into the open, riders giggling all the way. Short and sweet (pun intended).
In the whole of Midtown's Art Basel insanity, Sugar and Gomorrah is the most ridiculous, entertaining spectacle on site. You have until Sunday -- don't miss it.