Weirdo Wednesday – Jan 19, 2011

We’ve all heard it said that ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ I’m not entirely sure that’s true in this case. ¬†One of the most imitated pieces of art is da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Check out this LastSupperPalooza for a few examples.

A case could be made for a number of those artists to be Weirdo of the Week, but just because you confuse Darth Vader for Jesus, doesn’t necessarily make you weird, just irreverent.

For this weeks Weirdo, we travel to Roscommon, Michigan, where Laura Bell collected lint from her dryer and constructed a replica of The Last Supper. She spent 800 hours of laundry time and 200 additional hours to shape the pieces of lint into the four by fourteen foot homage to da Vinci’s masterpiece. Ms. Bell would buy towels of the correct shading to wash and dry separately just to get the right colors. Now that’s dedication.

This photo provided by Ripley's Believe It or Not shows a replica of Leonardo da Vinci's mural "The Last Supper" made out of laundry lint.

It is reported that Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum has obtained this art for inclusion into one of their museums. They are somewhat of an expert in odd incarnations of The Last Supper, already owning copies that have been engraved on a grain of rice, a dime, and a piece of burnt toast. Fitting that our Weirdo of the Week, Ms. Laura Bell, has her art displayed at Ripley’s – the King of Weird.

“Some people may think you’re cute, Babe. But to me you’re one very large baked potato!” ~Sylvester Stallone in Death Race 2000


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