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Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka commemorated in candy

An artist immortalizes late "Willy Wonka" actor Gene Wilder using jelly beans, gumballs and Red Hots. No snozzberries were used, just colorful candy and pure imagination.

Willy Wonka himself would certainly adore a portrait created with candy.

Jason Mecier

When actor Gene Wilder died this week, San Francisco pop artist Jason Mecier decided to commemorate him in his best known role as Willy Wonka from the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

Using jelly beans, gumballs, Red Hots and a multitude of other colorful sweets, Mecier crafted a mosaic portrait that seems more than appropriate, especially since Willy Wonka says in the film, "Candy is dandy!"

"I used every kind of candy -- M&Ms, Skittles, Mike and Ikes, licorice, Tic Tacs, Hot Tamales, Chiclets and more," Mecier told CNET.

Mecier has previously created candy-based portraits and mixed-media art of such pop culture icons as Adele, David Bowie, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Phyllis Diller.

The portrait is currently on display at Giddy Candy in San Francisco.