'Equality Cake' to serve up sweet symbolism

DENVER - It's only fitting that a celebration includes cake, and at Denver PrideFest this year, one artist hopes his creation will go beyond its ornamental exterior.

Artist Lonnie Hanzon has spent months planning and building the Equality Cake, a public art piece that will be on display during the 40th annual Denver PrideFest this weekend.

"I'd like for people to look at the top and boil it down to love and relationships," Hanzon said. "And to look at the bottom to see what we are fighting for."

Standing at 20-feet tall and weighing 1,500 pounds, the cake was sculpted with steel, foam and (at least 100) mirrored disco balls. The lower half of the cake lists all of the 1,138 benefits, rights and privileges of marriage as defined by the U.S. General Accounting Office.

"This isn't about cake," Hanzon said about the piece.

It symbolizes the recent "cake wars" that have happened across the the world, including one in Colorado.

"It's about the pursuit of happiness," he said.

A Kickstarter campaign helped raise $10,000 toward the cost of building it. Volunteers have been busy helping assembling it. The cake will be unveiled on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality expected to happen later this month.

PrideFest takes place at Civic Center Park on June 20 and 21. In 2014, more than 360,000 people attended.

For more information on PrideFest, visit http://www.glbtcolorado.org/pridefest/

(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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