Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had many adorable moments in front of the camera, from photobombing a bride on her wedding day to Prince George refusing to give him a high five. But Trudeau snuggling with two panda cubs at the Toronto Zoo from last year may have been the money shot — an image that was too much for the world to handle. No, really, who could forget this?
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 7, 2016
But if that photo gem isn’t enough to make your day, there are artists who captured that cuteness another way: through butter.
Yes, butter art is a real thing and, every year, the Canadian National Exhibition showcases extraordinary butter sculptures. David Salazar, one of the artists behind Trudeau’s buttery statue, told City News that this year’s theme is “infamous Toronto animals that have gone viral in the news media,” so the replica of Trudeau and the pandas makes perfect sense.
If you’ve seen the 2011 film Butter starring Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell and Yara Shahidi (so good, FYI), then you already know how beautiful butter can be. Similar to the movie, Salazar, along with fellow artists Olenka Kleban, Sean Kosonic, Laird Henderson and Bailey Henderson carved their creamy creations in a refrigerated box (about 10C) as visitors watched.
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Come ON. If it wasn’t so buttery, we’d hug it. Though we’re not sure which likeness was butter, er, better captured — Trudeau’s or panda cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue.
Trudeau isn’t the first prominent Canadian to be honoured with a butter sculpture, though. Astronaut Chris Hadfield and late Toronto mayor Rob Ford also got the buttery treatment.
Trudeau and the pandas, along with butter sculptures of the infamous IKEA monkey and the High Park capybara, will be on display until September 4, so don’t let the opportunity to see them slip through your fingers.