Peeps candy used to recreate mythology

If you follow Greek mythology, then you’ll definitely know that looking at Medusa will turn you in to stone with the snap of fingers. Well, according to modern American mythology, leaving peeps exposed to air will turn them into stone, or at least make them really hard.

On Thursday in Illinois Wesleyan University’s Ames Library both of those mythologies clashed for some great entertainment. At the library, World Poetry Day was celebrated with dioramas that were created with the ever so popular Easter candy to project scenes from Greek or Roman myth, as well as poetry.

It’s a brand new marshmallow way to tell Greek mythology, and it’s quite tasty as well.

The contest was titled Peep Into Poetry, and was sponsored by the IWU Classics Club and Eta Sigma Phi, an honors society for classical studies at the university. Co-president of Eta Sigma Phi Junior Leslie Cooley mentioned that the contest was a good way to interact with the kids and the college students.

The person who took home the gold, the grand prize winner, was senior Olivia Dunham. Her Peeps project showed Perseus rescuing Andromeda while astride the winged horse Pegasus, carrying the snake-filled head of Medusa, who was slain earlier by him.

Medusa was made out of the head of a yellow chick Peep candy, and her hair of snakes was made from curved green pipe cleaners. All the entries were coupled by an explanation of the Greek myth that was being projected in a non-edible form.