Rio de Janeiro celebrates Easter with chocolate sculptures

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 26 (EFE).- An exhibit of chocolate sculptures is giving residents of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the opportunity to celebrate Easter with a look at the human universe and its creations.

The works were designed by master chocolatier Diego Lozano for Easter, an important holiday for the candy industry, which traditionally provides chocolate Easter eggs to millions of children.

Lozano is a native of Sao Paulo, where runs a school that trains chocolatiers.

In 2007, Lozano won the title of Brazilian Chocolate Master and was a finalist the following year in the World Chocolate Masters competition, which crowns the world's most talented chocolatier.

The 20 chocolate sculptures, which will be on display until Easter Sunday at a Rio de Janeiro shopping center, thrill visitors with their colorful forms, ranging from a hog to a surfer riding a wave.

The exhibit also has a workshop where children can decorate Easter eggs for free.

The chocolate sculptures will be donated to charity once the exhibition ends, organizers said.