LAPLACE – The giant cake sculpture of LaPlace resident King Eddie Rhinehart was featured on this week’s episode of the hit A&E Shipping Wars series.
Season nine, episode nine, titled “Here’s the Throne, Here’s the Steeple,” can be found on the A&E app or through streaming services such as Amazon Prime with a subscription. The series follows the lives of heavy truck shippers carrying unusual items that traditional carriers wouldn’t touch, including Rhinehart’s Royal Cake, which is 6 feet wide by 12 feet long.
Rhinehart’s king cake recipe called for 25 yards of wire mesh, 20 gallons of plaster, 10 cardboard boxes, 10 sheets of styrofoam, and five sheets of drywall.
The sculpture was inspired by a painting Rhinhart worked on a few years ago. The king’s cake in the painting has been styled as a floating halo to symbolize the Christian background of the Mardi Gras holiday. Next is a miniature king cake sculpture, then a medium sized piece. When it came time to design the third king cake sculpture, Rhinehart’s oldest son told him, “Go big or come home.”
The gargantuan King’s Cake, accompanied by a golden baby cake that’s bigger than an actual newborn, was previously featured in WGNO’s News with a Twist.
“I’ve been putting Kings Cake on sale for some time. Shipping Wars contacted us a year ago to try to put us in touch with people who wanted Kings Cake. It eventually came to fruition and went to a Mardi Gras group in Mississippi, ”Rhinehart said. “It was really exciting. They shot about two months ago at my place. It was a family and fun event. They spoke very well of the region and represented us well. They were really professional and really positive people.
The film crew was also interested in the impact of Hurricane Ida on St. John the Baptist Parish and surrounding areas. Although Ida’s impact was not reflected in the episode, Rhinehart said the crew showed a lot of compassion behind the scenes.
Rhinehart grew up in the Destrehan area and took advanced art classes in high school. However, taking a traditional university path has taken him away from his passion.
Rediscovering her love for art five years ago changed Rhinehart’s life for the better.
He began teaching art to home school groups and organizing art experiences in Air guesthouses for locals interested in drawing and painting. Three and a half years ago he opened his 3xpArt gallery at the Esplanade Mall in Kenner and chatted with visitors from all over the world.
“A lot of my art is acrylic on canvas, but I also do sculptures with all kinds of materials, whatever is available. I do a lot of upcycling with paddles and different things, ”Rhinehart said. “I have a few hundred acrylic paints. I do a lot of bayou scenes, but I also do a lot of abstract work.
Most of his work has remained stuck inside the Esplanade Mall since Hurricane Ida devastated the area, and he is still anxiously awaiting a phone call giving him permission to retrieve the pieces he has devoted so much to. time and effort.
As a resident of LaPlace for two years, Rhinehart is seeking space to open a new art gallery in St. John the Baptist Parish. He plans to continue teaching art classes and working closely with children with special needs.
The giant king cake transported by Dwight and Tyesha on Shipping Wars has since returned to LaPlace and is still available to interested buyers.
“Art has really been a great way for me to face and deal with things, and King’s Cake has always been a great representation of that,” Rhinehart said. “He has this hope, this prosperity, a feeling of impatience this holiday season. It’s a symbol of all of those positive things and something to look forward to after hurricane season.
Rhinehart’s Art Gallery can be viewed online under the nickname 3xpArt on various social media platforms.