A California bakery has crafted an astonishingly lifelike, spine-tingling Clicker sculpture made entirely out of bread.
Spotted first by Eater San Francisco, One House Bakery in Benicia has crafted a bread sculpture of a Clicker, one of the infected enemies found in Naughty Dog’s hit franchise The Last of Us. It was created by Catherine and Hannalee Pervan, the mother-daughter duo that also co-owns the bakery.
The detail is astounding, as seen in the images below. If you are unfamiliar with the Clicker enemy, it represents one of the stages of a cordyceps infection in The Last of Us. A Clicker reaches a prolonged exposure to the cordyceps infection; it loses its sight, gains enhanced hearing, and makes a rapid croaking and clicking sound. Simply put, this is not the kind of infection you would want to encounter in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
One House Bakery’s Clicker Bread Sculptor
Eater notes that the pair decided to create the sculpture as part of an annual scarecrow contest held in the city each year, where local businesses show off their best scarecrow creations as residents and tourists in the city vote on which one is their favorite.
SF Chronicle notes in its article that it took the team more than 400 hours to complete the piece, with the process involving popping balloons wrapped in dough to form the mushrooms visible on the sculpture. “When the popped balloon is removed, it leaves behind these really strange pod-like shapes we were able to use,” Hannahlee Pervan explained.
Warning: Slight spoiler for HBO’s The Last of Us Season 1 below.
There’s a certain irony to this sculpture, and it has to do with the material it’s made of — bread. If you watched the first season of The Last of Us, you’ll know it confirmed a major fan theory on what caused the cordyceps infection. We learn in the first few episodes of Season 1 that the outbreak started due to contaminated flour, which caused a domino effect and resulted in a global outbreak.
Taylor is a Reporter at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.