Jelly Beans Art
Jelly Beans Art. American artist from San Francisco Peter Rocha started his jellybean mosaics because in the early 1980′s he heard President Ronald Reagan loved jellybeans so he decided to make a mosaic portrait of him out of jellybeans. Reagan loved the portrait and it still hangs in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. The Jelly Belly Candy Co., which produces the jellybeans Peter always used, has a large factory in Fairfield that features many of his masterpieces in the factory tours. To create his great works of art Peter would first paint the image on a piece of wood then would paint over it with varnish and stick each colored jellybean to it. After all the jellybeans were in place he would paint it with another coat of varnish so no insects could eat it.