Let Them Eat Cake

Qu’ils Mangent de la Brioche
(Let Them Eat Cake)

July 31 – August 27, 2016

Let Them Eat Cake - Mike Sivak
This piece, an installation in the Aquarium Gallery at the Ann Arbor Art Center, reflects my impressions on the current political and cultural situation in the United States. I’m not going to get into detail regarding my views (they’re most likely obvious) as I prefer to let the piece speak for itself.

Let Them Eat Cake - Mike Sivak

My dear friend Howard White contributed to this piece with a series of projections. They play 24/7 but can be seen best once the sun goes down.

Early Stages

Below are a few links that explain some of the items you’ll find within and about the piece itself:


Back in May, I requested some help from my friends on Facebook:

I’m currently working on an art installation that’s due at the end of July. It’s coming along nicely and it had an interesting twist added today. I’ve decided to have (for lack of a better description) kinda like a “Sistine Chapel” ceiling “thingy” going on. The figures are going to be a combo of politicians, bankers, Koch brothers, that schmuck that raised the price of the AIDS drug by 5000%….those kinds of people. Picture a Sargent Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band/ Sistine Chapel vibe on the ceiling.

Anyway, would you be so kind as to list someone you especially “love” who has (in your opinion) screwed the 99%?
All I need is/are the name(s) and I’ll do the rest.

The response was overwhelming. People you’ll find on the walls and on the ceiling are as follows:


Let Them Eat Cake - Wall detail - Mike Sivak


1st Panel
Michelle Bachmann
Sarah Palin
Scott Walker
Paul LePage
Sam Brownback
Chris Christie

Let Them Eat Cake - Panel 1 - Mike Sivak2nd Panel
Rick Synder
Karl Rove
Donald Trump
Mitch McConnell
Alberto Gonzales
Donald Rumsfeld
Paul Ryan

Let Them Eat Cake - Panel 2 - Mike Sivak

3rd Panel
George Bush Sr.
George Bush Jr.
Jeb Bush
Mitt Romney
Dick Cheney
Ted Cruz
John Boehner
Rick Scott
Carly Fiorina

Let Them Eat Cake - Panel 3 - Mike Sivak

4th Panel
Alice Walton
Jim Walton
David Green
Rupert Murdoch
Wayne Lapierre
Martin Shkreli

Let Them Eat Cake - Panel 4 - Mike Sivak

5th Panel
Lloyd Blankfein
Howard Dean
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Nancy Pelosi
Harry Reid
Hillary Clinton
Bill Clinton

Let Them Eat Cake - Panel 5 - Mike Sivak